Anthony Pettis left UFC Nashville with a spectacular knockout victory last month, however, he didn’t exit the Octagon unscathed.
ESPN reports that “Showtime” suffered a broken nose after his victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Doctors have determined the ex-lightweight champ doesn’t need surgery, but he will need to rest for four-to-six weeks. Pettis pulled off a sensational superman punch knockout over the two-time welterweight title challenger in the second round of their main event meeting.
With the win, he became just one of three fighters in UFC history to get a victory in three different weight classes (featherweight, lightweight, welterweight). Pettis joins Conor McGregor and Kenny Florian in the record books. The Milwaukee native has not finalized a next opponent as of this writing, however, he’s hoping to get back to work this summer.
The 32-year-old is eying a return to 155 pounds where some fun match-ups could be waiting after his big win. Perhaps a bout with former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) lightweight champ Justin Gaethje, who comes off of a ridiculous knockout of his own, would be a fun match-up?