Anthony Pettis Anxious to Return But It Won’t Be Before September

May 16, 2012
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Anthony Pettis is anxious to get back in the cage, but won’t do so before he’s 100-percent healthy and that means he won’t be fighting prior to September.

The former WEC champion has been sidelined since having shoulder surgery earlier this year to fix a nagging injury, and is targeting a late summer return to the Octagon.

Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts of MMA Inc. informed that the fighter’s recovery is speeding along, but a return prior to September won’t be possible.

The significance of the timing is because of the conversation had following UFC on Fuel 3 when a victorious Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone was asked about possibly facing Pettis, and while the Greg Jackson trained fighter was all for the fight, he was hopeful for a date on UFC 150 landing in his hometown of Denver.

Cerrone mentioned several times following his win over Jeremy Stephens in Virginia that he was gunning for a shot at the Aug 11 card in his home state of Colorado.

But if Cerrone has Pettis targeted as a potential opponent, it won’t be in Denver.

According to Pettis’ manager, the Milwaukee based lightweight is still hopeful for a No. 1 contender’s showdown with Nate Diaz, but as of right now the former Ultimate Fighter winner is resigned to waiting for the winner of the UFC 150 main event between Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar.

Should Diaz change his mind however and opt to fight, Pettis would be more than happy to accept the challenge.

If not, Pettis will still look to fight in September against any top ranked lightweight with his eyes set on a title shot in the near future.

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  • if Barboza runs thru Varner quickly then match him up vs. Cerrone…OR…if Dunham is healed do that fight…

  • D-rail

    Barbosa vs Cerrone would be good. Or, any of these two against Pettis would make a great bout.

  • Dayrelphareal

    Yeah Barbosa vs Pettis UFC on fox 5. Only low weight classes on fox please.


    Cerrone vs Barboza! the two best kickers in the light weight division.

  • Dayrelphareal

    Cerrone has great power in his legs he showed it in the fight with Nate Diaz but not one of the best kickers at 155 Pettis is on another level and so is Barbosa.

  • maddawgmar

    Pettis is a fight or two away from a shot. His loss to Guida and poor showing against Stephens (Stephens won that fight), looks bad on his title contention resume. A fight against Diaz or Cerrone would put him in line should he win. The thing is, I don’t see him beating Cerrone or Diaz. I feel Cerrone is better on the feet and equal on the ground. Diaz is just plain better everywhere. Those who hope to see Henderson/Pettis II, sorry I don’t see it happening unless Henderson loses his title.