Antony Pettis cannot seem to escape the injury bug. The former UFC lightweight champion has once again been forced to pull out of a fight due to an injury. As first reported on Fox Sports Live late Thursday night, Pettis will no longer face Myles Jury on the July 25th card and will be replaced by Edson Barboza.
The report stated that Pettis suffered an elbow injury and it will not be healed in time for him to compete on the summer card and is expected to be out several months. The bout with Jury was to be Pettis’ first since dropping the lightweight championship to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185 in March.
Jury (15-1) is coming off his first career loss and was looking to make a huge headlines if he could have beaten the former WEC and UFC lightweight champion. Jury’s sole loss came at the hand of one Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in January at UFC 182. The loss was a unanimous decision but definitely left a bad taste in Jury’s mouth.
Barboza (15-3) last competed in February where he lost a unanimous decision to number 6th ranked Michael Johnson. Barboza is 3-2 in his last five bouts with the losses coming to Johnson and to Donald Cerrone. Both Jury and Barboza are looking to make a statement and bounce back from defeat and what better way to do that than on national television.
UFC on Fox is scheduled to air on July 25th live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and will be headlined by a bantamweight championship rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao.