Anthony Pettis Aiming for 2015 Return, Possibly as dos Anjos vs. Cerrone Back-up Plan

Former UFC lightweight champion Antony Pettis has been sitting on the sidelines since a March 2015 loss to current champ Rafael dos Anjos, dealing with a serious elbow injury.

While Pettis is currently in the midst of physical therapy, nearing the point when he’ll be able to begin full-on fight training again, the UFC has lined dos Anjos up with his first title defense. He’ll put the belt on the line against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17 in December.

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Anthony-Pettis-UFC-181-750Not one to sit back and lick his wounds, Pettis is working hard to try and be ready for a 2015 return, perhaps even serving as the back-up plan should dos Anjos or Cerrone not make it to the Octagon in December.

“I’m pushing for this year,” Pettis told Inside MMA of his timetable for his next fight. “I’m pushing for a December return. Cowboy and dos Anjos are on a card, and if one of them gets injured I’d be ready to step in.”

Of course, it’s also possible that Pettis could land on the card in another bout. Fellow top contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has also been sidelined dealing with a knee injury, is targeting December for his return as well. It’s quite possible that the UFC could match the two up at UFC on FOX 17, should they both gain clearance in the near future.

(Video courtesy of AXS TV Fights / Inside MMA)

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