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Morning Report: Anthony Pettis wants Nate Diaz before super fight with Jose Aldo

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has plenty of plans when he returns from rehabbing his injured knee. Scheduled for surgery Dec. 12 in Los Angeles, CA, Pettis hopes to be ready to compete by midyear 2014.

“The doctors said six to eight months so I’m hoping six months,” Pettis told UFC Tonight. “I want to get back by summertime for hopefully a July fight.”

After being heavily critical of Pettis’ continuing injury woes, Nate Diaz has put himself squarely in the champ’s sights.

“Nate Diaz has been talking so much and in his last fight, he actually looked pretty decent, but harder to judge against Gray Maynard. I hope Nate works his way up so we can fight.”

“Nate’s been talking for a while. Even after his last fight, saying ‘this is the No. 1 and No. 2 lightweights in the world.’ That’s taking a shot directly at me. That belt’s in my front room. It’s there for a reason.”

Diaz caught wind of Pettis’ statement and responded shortly thereafter:

With title shots here today, gone tomorrow, a Pettis-Diaz matchup isn’t too farfetched. Assuming that fight goes according to plan, Pettis says he still has unfinished business with featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Pettis was previously slated to face Aldo for the 145 pound strap at UFC 163 in August, but withdrew from the bout after suffering a torn meniscus.

“Jose Aldo, he has his hands full with Ricardo Lamas. Ricardo Lamas is no easy fight. He’s shown he’s the No. 1 contender. He fought Erik Koch, I’m a big fan of Erik Koch, I train with him all the time so I know how good Erik Koch is. For Ricardo to do that to Erik, he’s going to give Aldo a run for his money. Hopefully Aldo comes out of that and we’ve got a super fight.

I want to fight one more time, hopefully in July. That might set us up for an end of the year super fight. 145 king, 155 king. Who knows? Hopefully all these fights pan out.”



Jones-Teixeira booked, again. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will face Glover Teixeira Mar. 15, 2014 at UFC 171 in Dallas, TX.

Basic mistakes. Anderson Silva says he’s corrected simple things in his striking that cost him his title to Chris Weidman. ”It’s going to be a tough fight and it won’t last too long if it stays standing.”

Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas tackles a UFC Fight Night 33 preview, Ben Askren talk, WSOF 7, Invicta FC 7 and more in this week’s live chat.

Struve progress. Heavyweight Stefan Struve is showing signs of progress in recovering from a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart.

Wishful thinking. Roy Jones. Jr. says he’s returning to boxing later this month to knock the rust off in preparation of an eventual match with Anderson Silva. ”I want to be ready for Anderson Silva in case he beats [Chris] Weidman. Silva has made it clear that if he wins, he wants me next.”




Nick Newell and The Anatomy of Perfection.


Thai prison fights.


The U.S. Army cuts a promo.


Pat Barry talks UFC Fight Night 33.


Being the ‘ref cam promotion’ could be an interesting niche.

John Thoo vs. Benedict at KSL Ultimate Beatdown 13.

Patrick (Juggernaut) vs. Azmil (Grazio).


Update on Cat Zingano.


Random action:

Frederich Naumann vs. Dallas Jakobi at EFC 22.

Magomed Magomedov vs. Yuri Maia at M-1 Challenge 44.

Jeremy Collins vs. Ben Sergent at Bluegrass Brawl 10. (Just skip to about 0:55)

Carina Damm vs. Roberta “Marreta” at MMA Super Heroes 2. (skip to 7:30)


Bonus: Josh Barnett just hucking some kid off a stage.




Internet matchmaker.


A lot of Connor McGregor.


Sounding good.


No news on Shane del Rosario.


Getting closer.


Stepping in against Kawajiri.




Glad to hear.


The Silva fight?



Announced yesterday (Dec. 4 2013)

Zach Makovsky vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 34

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC 171



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The Problem: The Ultimate Fighter Finale or Perception?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about what is and is not “UFC caliber” and I agree that this Saturday night did not meet my typical expectations of a UFC production. Part of this was the format and style through which they presented it with the commercials, interviews, previews, and a hundred other points that stretched an otherwise reasonable broadcast into an extended infomercial with fights in between. The other part was my expectations for TUF competitor’s skill level was too high.

With the UFC reaching out into more shallow divisions (let’s not pretend that the flyweight, bantamweight, or women’s bantamweight division are all that deep; it’s not for lack of skill [mostly] but rather just not enough competitors yet) and using TUF to ‘discover’ talent, we end up with a largely lower-level cast than the early days when TUF found the best of the best. The problem is not with TUF, in my opinion, but in a failure from us, the fans, to realize that the purpose of The Ultimate Fighter has changed.

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Pettis Out To Face Diaz Upon Return To Action

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis appeared on Wednesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” and discussed his timetable for a return to the Octagon. Pettis was scheduled to face Josh Thomson this month before a knee injury knocked him out and sent him to the operating table. “The doctor said six-to-eight months. I’m hoping six months,” said […]

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Anthony Pettis to undergo surgery for injured knee

Sidelined UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will undergo surgery to repair his injured left knee, according to a report from Ariel Helwani on Wednesday’s UFC Tonight.

The decision comes on the advice of specialists following extensive deliberation since Pettis withdrew from a planned December 14 title defense against former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson earlier this month.

Pettis, 26, suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee midway through his belt-winning performance against Benson Henderson at UFC 164. The injury is unrelated to the left knee injury that kept Pettis out of a featherweight title bout against Jose Aldo in August.

Pettis is slated to undergo surgery on Dec. 12 in Los Angeles, CA. A timetable for his return is unknown at this time, though Pettis guarantees to be back in action by summer 2014. Depending on the severity of the injury, PCL reconstructions generally require upwards of a six to nine month recovery period.

Due to extensive and various injuries, Pettis (17-2) has competed professionally just five times in the three years since he defeated Benson Henderson at WEC 53 to seize the WEC lightweight strap.

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UFC 167 results: Sergio Pettis decisions Will Campuzano in UFC debut

LAS VEGAS — Like big brother, like little brother.

Sergio Pettis, the 20-year-old sibling of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, made his UFC debut amid great fanfare on Saturday.

And while he still looks like a work in progress, Pettis showed flashes of potential. Pets beat late replacement Will Campuzano via unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout at UFC 167.

The judges’ scores at the MGM Grand Garden Arena were 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

The first round was a blur of action. Campuzano got off to a fast start and scored multiple takedowns. Once Pettis settled down, though, he took control of the round, showing the range kicks and a stiff jab.

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In round two, Pettis showed he had his brother’s pluckiness in submission work, too, as he worked armbars and chokes on the ground. By round’s end, Campuzano had tired, and he sat down in Pettis’ corner after the round ended and had to be redirected by referee Herb Dean.

Still, though, Camupzano was game in round three. Campuzano (13-5) scored an early takedown and the two traded submission attempts. Pettis had more gas in the final minute after they got back to their feet., scoring a takedown in the final seconds.

Pettis improved to 10-0 on his career; Campuzano had a five-fight win streak snapped.

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Dana White: No interim lightweight title while Anthony Pettis sits

LAS VEGAS — Dana White is apparently all interim titled-out at the moment.

The UFC crowned Carlos Condit interim welterweight champion last year while Georges St-Pierre repaired his knee. Six months later, Renan Barao became interim bantamweight champion as Dominick Cruz remained sidelined.

But as of now, there will be no interim champion at lightweight.

Anthony Pettis, who defeated Ben Henderson for the lightweight title at UFC 164, will be out as long as eight months after knee surgery. But White ruled out creating an interim 155-pound title in his absence.

“Nope,” was his simple reply Thursday.

White sounded a sympathetic note to Pettis, saying he’s one of two younger UFC fighters he feels is on the track to superstardom.

“Its very unfortunate,” White said. “I’m not kidding you guys right now, I think the two most talented guys right now, the two guys I think are the hottest prospects to become huge superstars are Renan Barao and Pettis. Obviously the Pettis thing is unfortunate.”

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The MMA Hour – 207 – Sergio Pettis

Bantamweight Sergio Pettis (Anthony’s brother) looks ahead to his Octagon debut at UFC 167.

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Pettis Injured; Johnson-Benavidez Flyweight Title Bout Now Headlines UFC on Fox 9

The UFC lightweight title bout between Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson that was scheduled to take place at UFC on Fox 9 has been postponed.
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Anthony Pettis Out of UFC on FOX 9 Main Event With Knee Injury; Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 Named as New Headliner

(Pettis perfectly executes an off-the-cage “Showtime Gloat.” / Photo via Getty)

Over the weekend, UFC president Dana White revealed that lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had suffered a knee injury in training, but was still expected to defend his belt against Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on FOX 9 (December 14th, Sacramento). “He’s going to fight,” White said. “For sure.”

Well, not really. UFC officials announced last night that Pettis has pulled out of the match. We have no details on the nature or severity of Showtime’s injury at this time, or if it’s related to the knee injury that pushed Pettis out of UFC 163 back in June. We’ll keep you posted.

The UFC plans to re-book Pettis vs. Thomson when the champ is recovered, but you never know with these things. Thomson was already the second choice for Pettis’s UFC on FOX 9 opponent after TJ Grant had to stay sidelined due to concussion. If Grant is healthy by the time Pettis is, the UFC might just do Pettis vs. Grant like they had originally planned. Meanwhile, Josh Thomson’s immediate future is in limbo, and the famously cursed fighter just saw the biggest opportunity of his career go up in smoke. [Ed. note: We'll start working on his illustrated timeline.]

Pettis’s injury has led to new main events for two upcoming cards…

— UFC on FOX 9 will now be headlined by the flyweight title fight rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, which was originally scheduled to headline the TUF 18 Finale on November 30th.

— The TUF 18 Finale rubber-match between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will now serve as that event’s headliner. Due to the relative short-notice of the switch, the match will remain scheduled for three rounds.


Pettis vs. Thomson postponed, Johnson vs. Benavidez to headline UFC on Fox 9

Anthony Pettis‘ first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title defense was schedule for December 14 against Josh Thomson on Fox at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The qualifier being “was” as late Sunday (Nov. 10, 2013) night, it was announced that Pettis will not be able to defend his belt in December.

Pettis defeated Benson Henderson at UFC 164 to become the new lightweight champion. It was a rematch from their bout at WEC 53 for Henderson’s World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight belt. Following UFC Fight Night 32, UFC President Dana White told media that Pettis was injured, but he was expected to still fight Thomson.

According to Fox Sports, that is not the case.

Pettis may be one of the most dynamic fighters on the UFC’s roster, but he’s also one of the most injury prone. The good news is that this may be a blessing in disguise for the UFC. As a member of Sacramento-based Team Alpha Male, Benavidez is something of a hometown draw.

And with UFC on Fox 10 planned for Chicago in 2014, having Pettis on the card could possibly bring a record turn out.

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Anthony Pettis’ title fight against Josh Thomson called off at UFC on FOX 9

Anthony Pettis‘ first title defense has been put on hold.

The UFC lightweight champion won’t square off against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9 on Dec. 14 because he has suffered a knee injury, according to a report on FOX Sports Live on Sunday night.

UFC on FOX 9 will now be headlined by the rematch between UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, according to FoxSports.com.

The Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 fight was supposed to be the main event for the TUF 18 Finale on Nov. 30.

It is unknown what’s next for Thomson or how long Pettis will be out at this time.

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