Anthony Pettis Out Of UFC on Fox 16
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was forced out of his July 25th showdown with Myles Jury because of an elbow injury.
The news, first announced on “FOX Sports Live” last Thursday, was confirmed by Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts to ESPN.com. “Showtime” is temporarily scheduled to undergo elbow surgery next Tuesday and while no timetable has been set for his return, sources are saying that the injury could sideline him from 4-6 months.
Pettis has struggled with his health since moving from the now defunct WEC promotion in 2011, fighting just a total of seven times in more than four years at the UFC. He spent most of 2012 out with a variety of injuries and then was forced to withdraw from a superfight with Jose Aldo at UFC 163 with a knee injury. He also suffered a knee injury after dethroning Benson Henderson at UFC 164 and spent more than a year in the sidelines before making his first title defense at UFC 181. Pettis suffered an injured orbital bone following his loss to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185 last March.
Barboza Steps In
UFC officials announced that former #6 ranked lightweight Edson Barboza will step in to take the place of Pettis in the co-main event of the UFC on FOX 16 fight card at the United Center in Chicago which will be headlined by the rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao for the UFC bantamweight title.
The 29-year old Brazilian is coming off a unanimous decision upset loss to Michael Thompson at UFC Fight Night 61. Babroza is 9-3 with 5 knockouts in the UFC and his most notable wins were his back to back conquests of Evan Dunham and Bobby Green. A noted striker, Barboza owns four Fight of the Night bonuses and the 2012 Knockout of the Year with his wheel kick KO of Terry Etim at UFC 142. He is the only fighter to own two leg kick KOs in the UFC.
Jury on Miles
Like Barboza, Myles Jury is out for redemption. The 8th ranked lightweight in the UFC is coming off the first loss of his career at UFC 182 where he was schooled by the crafty Donald Cerrone in a three round unanimous decision rout. Jury is 6-1 i the UFC (15-1 overall) and has 12 stoppages including 7 knockouts. His most notable wins were over Michael Johnson, Diego Sanchez and Takanori Gomi.
Fighting out of Alliance MMA in Chula Vista, California, Jury was considered as one of the UFC’s hottest prospects in the deep lightweight division. However, the loss to Cerrone put him one step farther back from a title shot. Cerrone was set to face the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 187 on May 23rd for what was likely to be the next title shot at the belt now held by Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos.
Unfortunately, Nurmagomedov backed out with a knee injury. Dos Anjos is also out with a torn MCL. This should be a crossroads fight for both Barboza and Jury because although both are still young, the lightweight division is one of the most stacked weight class in MMA.
With guys like Cerrone, Nurmagomedov, Melendez and Pettis among others waiting in the wings, the loser of Jury-Barboza may not see a title shot in the near future. However, the winner should put his name among the list mentioned above.
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