Anthony Pettis has been sidelined by injury once again. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Anthony Pettis can’t seem to stay healthy.
The former UFC lightweight king injured his elbow in training and has been forced to withdraw from his UFC on Fox 16 matchup with Myles Jury, according to a Thursday report on Fox Sports Live. Edson Barboza will replace Pettis and face Jury on the July 25 card.
UFC on Fox 16 takes place at the United Center in Chicago and is headlined by a bantamweight title rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao.
Pettis has struggled to maintain a regular schedule throughout his UFC tenure, as various ailments cost him much of 2012, while knee injuries shelved him for extended periods of time in both 2013 and 2014. “Showtime” had been relatively active of late, fighting twice within a three-month span.
The Roufusport product made his first 155-pound title defense at UFC 181, as he submitted Gilbert Melendez via second-round guillotine choke on Dec. 6. Pettis would lose the belt at UFC 185 in March, dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to Rafael dos Anjos.
Barboza is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 22. The Brazilian owns victories over the likes of Bobby Green, Evan Dunham, Danny Castillo and Ross Pearson during his Octagon tenure.
Jury, meanwhile, suffered his first loss in 16 pro outings at UFC 182, as he lost a three-round verdict to Donald Cerrone. The Alliance MMA product counts Takanori Gomi, Diego Sanchez and Johnson among his UFC triumphs.