UFC Feather/Lightweight Anthony Pettis is pretty down on his luck at the minute. He was messed around at 155lbs. and ended up taking the title shot against Jose Aldo at 145, until an injury forced him to withdraw from the bout. His circumstances are certainly complicated, and it begs the question; What’s next for Pettis?
Well a lot of people are talking about Pettis vs. Henderson II, for the LW strap, a fight which would have made sense a year ago. Pettis appeared on The MMA Hour to talk about the injury:
“The last day of the press conference in Brazil, the UFC took us out there to do some press and media, to meet the local Brazilian press. Me and decided to do some rolling, before we went back on to the airplane, so we went down to my coach’s gym. I think it was the last round, the last five minutes, my knee got caught in a weird position, and I heard a pop. I thought it was alright, I got on the plane, and it blew up on me. I had to get an MRI the next day and the UFC caught wind of it. It is what it is, man. I guess I got the worst luck when it comes to title shots.”
With another exciting fight scrapped due to injury, it seems that the MMA world can’t get a break from this awful streak of cancellations and switch ups. I can’t imagine the mental anguish that Pettis is experiencing at the minute, he went on to talk more about his feelings on the situation:
“Maybe it’s not meant for me to fight for a title. Maybe 145 is not meant for me. I have no idea man, I’m just in this funk for the last couple of days, just trying to figure out what’s going to happen for the rest of my career. Do I just keep fighting and figure it out from there? Do I try to get a title shot? I mean, it’s hard to come back from.”
If anyone can come back from such a blow, it’s surely Anthony Pettis. ‘Showtime’ then spoke about his feelings towards the current Lightweight champion, Ben Henderson:
“I’m the last guy to beat Ben Henderson, no matter what. My name never gets brought up out of his mouth for some reason. I’m not going to say he’s ducking me or dodging me, but for some reason, when it comes to fighting Pettis, he’s all against it.”
Only time will tell if Pettis has what it takes to come back from this latest adversity, stay tuned to Lowkick!