Anthony Pettis
Showtime

USA

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Injury Nose
Est. Return 9/23/2019
Broken nose confirmed
LightweightUFC
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April 4, 2019
Pettis suffered a broken nose in his March 23 victory over Stephen Thompson and will rest four-to-six weeks as a result, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis already was dealt a 180-day medical suspension as a result of damage sustained in his come-from-behind victory. He absorbed 47 significant strikes and was wearing it on his face as early as Round 1. While Pettis was ultimately able to pick up the finish, he'll need to spend some well-deserved time on the shelf before resuming training, let alone booking another fight.
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Handed long medical suspension
LightweightUFC
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March 26, 2019
Pettis has been suspended 180 days by the Tennessee Athletic Commission pending clearance from an ENT, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis was getting beat up a bit by a kickboxing specialist in Stephen Thompson early in the fight, absorbing a total of 47 significant strikes before he executed his comeback victory. The wear was starting to show in the face of Pettis, who was bleeding from the nose and may have suffered some type of facial injury. He'll now get a suspension set to last through roughly mid-September, but in most of these scenarios, the fighter is cleared earlier by a physician. As for Pettis' future, he intends to remain in the welterweight division with hopes of an eventual fight against Rafael dos Anjos, though did note he would be open to moving back to lightweight for the right fight.
Thrills crowd with one-shot KO
LightweightUFC
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March 23, 2019
Pettis defeated Stephen Thompson via KO (punch) at 4:55 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Above all, Pettis reminded us that he can still take our collective breath away. The former lightweight champion was doing his best to get in Thompson's face and land strikes, but "Wonderboy" largely kept him at bay with a stiff jab and good, evasive movement. This pattern continued until the end of Round 2, when Pettis launched himself into the air to throw what can only be called a "Superman Hook" at his opponent while backed up against the cage, rendering him instantly unconscious. To say that Pettis has had ups-and-downs in his career of late would be an understatement, but it will be interesting to see what the move up to welterweight can do for his overall game, as this was his first knockout since he stopped Donald Cerrone with a body kick in 2013. The stunning finish did manage to land him his fourth consecutive post-fight bonus, as he'll take home an extra $50,000 after being awarded Performance of the Night honors. He improves to 22-8 in his professional career as a result of the victory.
Facing Thompson at UFC Nashville
LightweightUFC
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January 20, 2019
Pettis (nose) will go toe to toe with Stephen Thompson (knee) in a welterweight matchup at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23.
ANALYSIS
"Showtime" has lost two of his last three fights and even suffered a potentially fractured nose in his most recent fight. However, despite initially being handed a 180-day medical suspension for the latter issue, he seems to be healthy enough to return a bit earlier to take on Thompson. Pettis will move up to the welterweight class to take on his next opponent, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against physically larger competition. He has spent the majority of his career at featherweight or lightweight, even earning a title at 145 pounds.
Long medical suspension ahead
LightweightUFC
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October 9, 2018
Pettis has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a physician's review of a nasal fracture, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis put up a valiant effort in his co-main event loss to Tony Ferguson, but his coach had to throw in the towel before the third round due to a broken hand. That's not the injury the NAC is concerned about, however, as Pettis must now wait for a physician to clear him from a broken nose before being allowed to compete again. Should he fail to receive this clearance, Pettis would have to sit out until April 5 at a minimum.
Broken hand leads to UFC 229 loss against Tony Ferguson
LightweightUFC
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October 6, 2018
Pettis lost to Tony Ferguson via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 229 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's one of the rare instances where a fighter's stock may have risen despite losing. Pettis took a beating from Ferguson, hung in there, and nearly scored a knockout win of his own when a gorgeous right hand flattened Ferguson early in Round 2. Ultimately, that one shot he landed ended up put an end to Pettis's evening. At the end of the second frame, Pettis told his coach Duke Roufus that he broke his hand and the two made a mutual decision to not come out for Round 3. Roufus has been Pettis's coach for years and if he decided "Showtime" was unable to continue, it was the right decision. Pettis was competitive against a guy that is widely considered to be one of the better pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. It was a definite step in the right direction for the 31-year-old Pettis. He also took home a $50K Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.