Anthony Pettis


Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 11/7/2020
Handed long medical suspension
May 11, 2020
Pettis was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, reports.
Pettis beat Donald Cerrone by unanimous decision Saturday but took enough of a beating that he won't be allowed to fight again until November unless cleared by a physician. The specific nature of his injury was not disclosed.
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Barely gets by Cowboy Cerrone
May 9, 2020
Pettis defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Pettis was visibly surprised when Bruce Buffer read the decision. That's generally not a great sign, but this one could have gone either way. It was close throughout and Pettis got the benefit of an accidental eye poke that landed in Round 3. Cowboy immediately complained about the infraction but referee Keith Peterson -- who is normally one of the best in the sport -- ruled it a legal blow and Pettis unloaded a half dozen follow up strikes. Pettis has completely changed his style of fighting over the past few years. The "Showtime" days of Pettis overwhelming his opposition with pure athleticism have come and gone. He's essentially a counter-puncher these days and that's a scary proposition for a guy who doesn't have much knockout power. Even with Saturday's victory, Pettis is still just a .500 fighter (5-5) dating back to August 2016.
Slated for UFC 249
April 24, 2020
Pettis (foot) is scheduled to take on Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at the rescheduled UFC 249 on May 9, Shaheen Al-Shatti of The Athletic reports.
Pettis and Cerrone are expected to be the featured fight of the prelims, with the pair both looking to break their respective losing streaks. Pettis will enter the Octagon having lost two straight versus Diego Ferreira and Nate Diaz, while Cerone has dropped each of his last three fights. The news also serves as confirmation that Pettis has been cleared to return to the cage after suffering a potential left foot injury that led the Nevada Athletic Commission to suspend him for 180 days following his fight with Ferreira in late January. Pettis is in line to enter this matchup as approximately a (-135) betting favorite.
Potential foot injury
January 21, 2020
Pettis has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending clearance of a left foot injury, Steven Marrocco of reports.
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.
Dominated by Diego Ferreira
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.
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
November 25, 2019
Pettis (foot) is slated to fight Diego Ferreira in the lightweight division on January 18, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
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.