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Anthony Pettis dropping to featherweight, wants August debut

The former WEC and UFC lightweight champion will try to make his mark at featherweight.

Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Pettis is going to try his luck at 145 pounds. The former WEC and UFC lightweight champion has fallen on hard times since he lost the UFC belt to Rafael dos Anjos, losing three bouts in a row. So he believes it's time to check out a new weight class. The move was confirmed to MMA Fighting by his manager Malki Kawa, and he also posted on Instagram about it:

Back to work @sixgungibson @izzystylewrestling @sergiopettis @tussagb #teampettis #145intheworks

A photo posted by Anthony Pettis (@showtimepettis) on

Back to work @sixgungibson @izzystylewrestling @sergiopettis @tussagb #teampettis #145intheworks

Pettis (18-5, 5-4 UFC) last entered the cage in April, where he was soundly defeated by Edson Barboza. Showtime  has been tied to a 145 move before - he was briefly scheduled to face Jose Aldo for the featherweight title in 2013. That bout never came to fruition though, and he continued on at lightweight where he eventually beat Ben Henderson for the 155-pound title.

According to his manager, Pettis is looking to debut in the division in August, and  he will work with Mike Dolce to cut the weight.

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