It has been a rough few weeks for the last lightweight champion of the WEC as Anthony Pettis has been admitted to the hospital with a staph infection in his elbow. The infection was luckily caught early and should not be a major issue for the talented lightweight fighter. InsideMMA first reported the story, which has since been confirmed.
The infection is in the elbow of the arm of Pettis’s surgically repaired shoulder, which is the likely reason why he is being held as a precuation. Staph infections are extremely dangerous if they are not caught early. The bacterial infections are not uncommon in combat sports and they are usually easily treated if caught early.
Pettis is still expected to face off with Donald Cerrone in early-2013. The two fighters had been expected to coach “The Ultimate Fighter 17″ before the UFC elected to go with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen instead.