Anthony Pettis
Showtime

USA

Jiu-jitsu superfight on tap
LightweightUFC
May 19, 2019
Pettis (nose) is scheduled to take on Jorge Masvidal on June 15 in a grappling match under the Florida-based DT Promotions, Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though both Pettis and Masvidal are long-time UFC fighters, the two will meet outside of the Octagon for a match that won't have any implications on the welterweight division. Instead, Pettis' showdown with Masvidal for what is being billed as a jiu-jitsu superfight will merely serve as a warmup for Pettis' next UFC match August 17 against Nate Diaz at UFC 241. Pettis' inclusion in the June 15 event also suggests that he's fully recovered from the broken nose he sustained in his March 23 win over Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville.
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Verbally agrees to face Nate Diaz
LightweightUFC
May 12, 2019
UFC President Dana White released a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Saturday night that stated Pettis (nose) will face Nate Diaz in a welterweight matchup in the co-main event of UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
It wouldn't be the first time White hasn't been entirely truthful with a fight announcement, as he's used similar behavior as a negotiating tactic in the past. Nonetheless, Ariel Helwani of ESPN did confirm that the fight was verbally agreed to, though not yet signed. Assuming this fight moves forward as planned, Pettis will have plenty of time to recover from the nose injury he suffered in his March victory over Stephen Thompson. Pettis also has activity on his side, as he's picked up four wins and four post-fight bonuses since Diaz last entered the Octagon in 2016, where he took a loss to Conor McGregor via majority decision. This fight won't do a ton for the ranking of Pettis, but will beef up a pay-per-view card headlined by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, which could result in a large payday for both men. Pettis will be giving up both height and reach to Diaz, but should be able to match his cardio level after moving up to the higher weight class. Diaz is a higher-volume striker with the superior striking differential, but it's fair to wonder how sharp he's stayed during the time off. Nate Diaz in late-2019 may not be the same Nate Diaz who gave Conor McGregor some of his most noteworthy tests.
Broken nose confirmed
LightweightUFC
April 4, 2019
Pettis suffered a broken nose in his March 23 victory over Stephen Thompson and will rest four-to-six weeks as a result, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis already was dealt a 180-day medical suspension as a result of damage sustained in his come-from-behind victory. He absorbed 47 significant strikes and was wearing it on his face as early as Round 1. While Pettis was ultimately able to pick up the finish, he'll need to spend some well-deserved time on the shelf before resuming training, let alone booking another fight.
Handed long medical suspension
LightweightUFC
March 26, 2019
Pettis has been suspended 180 days by the Tennessee Athletic Commission pending clearance from an ENT, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pettis was getting beat up a bit by a kickboxing specialist in Stephen Thompson early in the fight, absorbing a total of 47 significant strikes before he executed his comeback victory. The wear was starting to show in the face of Pettis, who was bleeding from the nose and may have suffered some type of facial injury. He'll now get a suspension set to last through roughly mid-September, but in most of these scenarios, the fighter is cleared earlier by a physician. As for Pettis' future, he intends to remain in the welterweight division with hopes of an eventual fight against Rafael dos Anjos, though did note he would be open to moving back to lightweight for the right fight.
Thrills crowd with one-shot KO
LightweightUFC
March 23, 2019
Pettis defeated Stephen Thompson via KO (punch) at 4:55 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night 148 in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Above all, Pettis reminded us that he can still take our collective breath away. The former lightweight champion was doing his best to get in Thompson's face and land strikes, but "Wonderboy" largely kept him at bay with a stiff jab and good, evasive movement. This pattern continued until the end of Round 2, when Pettis launched himself into the air to throw what can only be called a "Superman Hook" at his opponent while backed up against the cage, rendering him instantly unconscious. To say that Pettis has had ups-and-downs in his career of late would be an understatement, but it will be interesting to see what the move up to welterweight can do for his overall game, as this was his first knockout since he stopped Donald Cerrone with a body kick in 2013. The stunning finish did manage to land him his fourth consecutive post-fight bonus, as he'll take home an extra $50,000 after being awarded Performance of the Night honors. He improves to 22-8 in his professional career as a result of the victory.
Facing Thompson at UFC Nashville
LightweightUFC
January 20, 2019
Pettis (nose) will go toe to toe with Stephen Thompson (knee) in a welterweight matchup at UFC Nashville on Mar. 23.
ANALYSIS
"Showtime" has lost two of his last three fights and even suffered a potentially fractured nose in his most recent fight. However, despite initially being handed a 180-day medical suspension for the latter issue, he seems to be healthy enough to return a bit earlier to take on Thompson. Pettis will move up to the welterweight class to take on his next opponent, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against physically larger competition. He has spent the majority of his career at featherweight or lightweight, even earning a title at 145 pounds.