It appears that a change in divisions is on the horizon for a former UFC lightweight champion.
Anthony Pettis posted a photo on Instagram following a recent training session at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M. hinting that his next Octagon appearance will be at featherweight, adding the hashtag caption “#145intheworks.”
Pettis’ entire Zuffa career up to this point has taken place at 155 pounds, and it has been a largely successful tenure. He beat Benson Henderson to become World Extreme Cagefighting’s last lightweight king in December 2010 before winning five of his first six Octagon appearances, capturing UFC gold in a rematch against Henderson along the way.
“Showtime” has fallen on hard times of late, however. He relinquished the 155-pound strap in a lopsided loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 and has dropped fights to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza in his next two outings since then.
According to MMAFighting.com, Pettis will work with nutritionist Mike Dolce to make the cut to 145 pounds. Pettis remains a primarily a Roufusport-based fighter but began adding training sessions at Jackson-Wink MMA prior to his loss to Barboza at UFC 197 on April 23.