Anthony Pettis To Undergo Shoulder Surgery, Out Eight Weeks

Anthony Pettis rocks Joe Lauzon with a kick at UFC 144 on Feb. 25, 2012 in Saitama, Japan. Image via Esther Lin of MMA Fighting

UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis has decided to deal with some nagging injuries now that he won't be getting a top-flight matchup anytime soon. It appears that shoulder surgery will put him on the sidelines for a little while. His manager spoke to MMA Weekly about it:

Pettis will undergo minor surgery according to his manager Mike Roberts from MMA Inc., who confirmed an earlier report from UFC Tonight on Fuel TV when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.

Pettis also talked about it on twitter:

Minor surgery on my shoulder be back stronger than ever!!! Love all my followers and fans!!! #fb.
Mar 21 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

The article states that Pettis will be out eight weeks and should be back in the cage by "mid-to-late summer". After Anthony's spectacular head kick KO win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, Dana White speculated that Pettis could get a UFC lightweight title shot. Instead, the UFC chose to go with a title rematch between Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson. Combine that with Clay Guida and Gray Maynard being matched up at UFC on FX 4, and it sort of left Pettis out in the cold. So, the timing of this makes sense. Once the division sorts itself out a bit through the spring, Pettis should be able to get a solid matchup. Who would you like to see him face when he comes back?

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