The lightweight division has been one of the most exciting in the UFC. There are a ton of elite fighters at this class, and it’s such a deep class that any fighter in the top five could arguably be champion if the cards lined up right. Currently, Anthony Pettis is the lightweight champ.
He won the belt by defeating Ben Henderson back at UFC 164. In the very first round, Pettis locked up a beautiful armbar, and Henderson was forced to tap out. Pettis has yet to get back in the cage, however, and it’s not an ideal situation for him. He’s a young champion, so he should be fighting often.
Yet, as of late, he is very injury-prone. He was scheduled to face Josh Thomson for the lightweight belt but had to pull out due to an injury he suffered during training camp. This isn’t the first time he had had to pull out of a fight. He was scheduled to move down to the featherweight division and take on pound-for-pound king Jose Aldo. This fight would have been amazing for the fans to witness, but an injury forced him out of the super-fight.
Hopefully he doesn’t sustain any more injuries, because time spent out of the octagon will surely spell trouble for him in the future. Guys like Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov are making some serious headway in the division, and Pettis needs to be getting octagon time so he can maintain his skills and experience inside the cage.
Since Pettis has been out of the cage for a while now, will he face any problems once he’s actively competing again? This could be a huge problem for Pettis, but we will find out sooner rather than later as Pettis is targeting a return in July.