Anthony Pettis
Showtime

USA

Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 7/17/2020
Potential foot injury
WelterweightUFC
Out
January 21, 2020
Pettis has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending clearance of a left foot injury, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis couldn't handle the grappling game of Diego Ferreira at UFC 246 on Saturday, as he was taken down three times before getting submitted via rear-naked choke in the second round. To add insult to injury, he'll be sidelined up to six months unless a physician clears him to fight earlier. Pettis has fought exactly twice per calendar year each year since 2017, so while the injury might delay training a bit, it shouldn't impede that from happening again in 2020.
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Dominated by Diego Ferreira
WelterweightUFC
Out
January 18, 2020
Pettis lost to Diego Ferreira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:46 of Round 2 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The free fall of Pettis continues. Back at lightweight following a brief (unsuccessful) stop at welterweight, "Showtime" was hopelessly outclassed on the mat against a high-level opponent. Pettis had no answer for the ground game of Ferreira and gave up his back during an awkward exchange along the fence that led to the finish. Simply put, the days of Pettis impacting the title picture in any division have come and gone. Pettis' trademark athleticism has completely vanished at age 33 (next week) and both his offense and defense have been trending in the wrong direction for years. It's been a shocking and stunning fall from grace for a fighter who was considered one of the best pound-for-pound competitors in the world not all that long ago.
Slated to fight Ferreira
WelterweightUFC
Out
November 25, 2019
Pettis (foot) is slated to fight Diego Ferreira in the lightweight division on January 18, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis will move back down to lightweight after a brief stint at the welterweight division. During his time as a welterweight, Pettis scored an impressive knockout over Stephen Thompson but then dropped his next fight unanimously to Nate Diaz at UFC 241. He suffered a broken foot in the fight and was suspended 180 days as a result -- so he will have to seek medical clearance before returning. Ferreira has won his last five fights in a row and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mairbek Taisumov at UFC 242 in September.
Receives medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 19, 2019
Pettis has been officially suspended 180 days for possible right foot and orbital fractures, Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis hung around through the third-round bell despite the potential injuries, ultimately takin a loss to Nate Diaz via unanimous decision. Should he aim to retake the cage prior to February of 2020, Pettis will need to receive medical clearance from a UFC physician.
Suffers broken foot
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 18, 2019
Pettis suffered a broken right foot in Saturday's loss to Nate Diaz, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear at exactly what point Pettis sustained the injury, but it was evident by the final frame that he was being greatly limited by a potential foot injury. This makes the heart he showed in Round 3 all the more impressive, as he ate several hard knees to the head but managed to stay alive and see the final bell. While a precise timetable in uncertain without further details, this injury could very well land Pettis on the shelf until early-2020.
Baffled by Nate Diaz
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 17, 2019
Pettis lost to Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Pettis appeared to be back on track with an impressive win over Stephen Thompson in March, but in this fight he went right back to doing all the things that have led to his recent downfall. Pettis looked indecisive and hesitant on offense. He allowed Diaz to push the pace and turn the fight into a dirty brawl. And as we all know, no one is better in that scenario than the Diaz brothers. Pettis's footwork evaporated, and he displayed none of the fight-altering power he showed in the Wonderboy bout. "Showtime" deserves credit for digging deep to see the final bell, but this was a very poor performance against an opponent who hadn't fought in three years. It continues to be one step forward and two steps back for the former UFC Lightweight Champion.