Pettis (14-2) was scheduled to No. 9 ranked flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1) in Portland, but suffered a minor injury that has forced him off the card. The news came from his coach, Duke Roufus, in a post on Instagram on Thursday.
“Unfortunately #SergioPettis sustained a minor injury and will not be fighting @louissmolka50a7 at @ufc #ufc#ufcportland,” said Roufus’ post. “Respect to #LouisSmolka … Only a speed bump, heal up & ready for action!”
It’s a significant setback for Pettis, who is currently ranked No. 15 in the 125-pound division, and coming off of back-to-back victories over Chris Cariaso and Chris Kelades. A victory over the likes of Smolka could have seen him make a significant move toward the upper reaches of the division.
Smolka is riding a four-fight winning streak, his only loss being a split decision to Cariaso.
UFC officials had not commented on Smolka’s status for UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson, as of the time of publication.
#throwbackthursday @sergiopettis 1 year ago today in preparation for his win at @ufc #ufc192 #ufchouston He is a great person, Martial Artist & Fighter. I have seen grow up at @Roufusport since he was 13 years old. Unfortunately #SergioPettis sustained a minor injury and will not be fighting @louissmolka50a7 at @ufc #ufc #ufcportland Respect to #LouisSmolka as always thank you to the amazing #teampettis fans, the #Roufusport legion, #teamwoodley #cmpunk #repcombatcorner #milwaukee people supporting him! Only a speed bump, heal up & ready for action!