Anthony Pettis


Injury Foot
Est. Return 2/22/2020
Receives medical suspension
August 19, 2019
Pettis has been officially suspended 180 days for possible right foot and orbital fractures, Steven Marrocco of reports.
Pettis hung around through the third-round bell despite the potential injuries, ultimately takin a loss to Nate Diaz via unanimous decision. Should he aim to retake the cage prior to February of 2020, Pettis will need to receive medical clearance from a UFC physician.
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Suffers broken foot
August 18, 2019
Pettis suffered a broken right foot in Saturday's loss to Nate Diaz, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
It's unclear at exactly what point Pettis sustained the injury, but it was evident by the final frame that he was being greatly limited by a potential foot injury. This makes the heart he showed in Round 3 all the more impressive, as he ate several hard knees to the head but managed to stay alive and see the final bell. While a precise timetable in uncertain without further details, this injury could very well land Pettis on the shelf until early-2020.
Baffled by Nate Diaz
August 17, 2019
Pettis lost to Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 241 on Saturday in Anaheim.
Pettis appeared to be back on track with an impressive win over Stephen Thompson in March, but in this fight he went right back to doing all the things that have led to his recent downfall. Pettis looked indecisive and hesitant on offense. He allowed Diaz to push the pace and turn the fight into a dirty brawl. And as we all know, no one is better in that scenario than the Diaz brothers. Pettis's footwork evaporated, and he displayed none of the fight-altering power he showed in the Wonderboy bout. "Showtime" deserves credit for digging deep to see the final bell, but this was a very poor performance against an opponent who hadn't fought in three years. It continues to be one step forward and two steps back for the former UFC Lightweight Champion.
Jiu-jitsu superfight on tap
May 19, 2019
Pettis (nose) is scheduled to take on Jorge Masvidal on June 15 in a grappling match under the Florida-based DT Promotions, Dave Meltzer of reports.
Though both Pettis and Masvidal are long-time UFC fighters, the two will meet outside of the Octagon for a match that won't have any implications on the welterweight division. Instead, Pettis' showdown with Masvidal for what is being billed as a jiu-jitsu superfight will merely serve as a warmup for Pettis' next UFC match August 17 against Nate Diaz at UFC 241. Pettis' inclusion in the June 15 event also suggests that he's fully recovered from the broken nose he sustained in his March 23 win over Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville.
Verbally agrees to face Nate Diaz
May 12, 2019
UFC President Dana White released a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Saturday night that stated Pettis (nose) will face Nate Diaz in a welterweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim.
It wouldn't be the first time White hasn't been entirely truthful with a fight announcement, as he's used similar behavior as a negotiating tactic in the past. Nonetheless, Ariel Helwani of ESPN did confirm that the fight was verbally agreed to, though not yet signed. Assuming this fight moves forward as planned, Pettis will have plenty of time to recover from the nose injury he suffered in his March victory over Stephen Thompson. Pettis also has activity on his side, as he's picked up four wins and four post-fight bonuses since Diaz last entered the Octagon in 2016, where he took a loss to Conor McGregor via majority decision. This fight won't do a ton for the ranking of Pettis, but will beef up a pay-per-view card headlined by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, which could result in a large payday for both men. Pettis will be giving up both height and reach to Diaz, but should be able to match his cardio level after moving up to the higher weight class. Diaz is a higher-volume striker with the superior striking differential, but it's fair to wonder how sharp he's stayed during the time off. Nate Diaz in late-2019 may not be the same Nate Diaz who gave Conor McGregor some of his most noteworthy tests.
Broken nose confirmed
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.
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.