Anthony Pettis Sidelined 6 Weeks After Suffering Fractured Orbital at UFC 185

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 18, 2015
Anthony Pettis will likely be out for at least six weeks. | Dave Mandel/

Rafael dos Anjos did on a number on Anthony Pettis in their lightweight championship fight at UFC UFC 185.

According to a report on Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight, dos Anjos landed a left hand in the opening frame that fractured Pettis’ orbital. As a result, the Roufusport product will be out of action for at least six weeks.

Dos Anjos dominated Pettis for five rounds at the American Airlines Center in Dallas this past Saturday night, sweeping all three cageside judges’ scorecards by identical 50-45 counts. In a post-fight interview, Pettis said that he was unable to see out of his eye after the first round.

Pettis’ manager, Mike Roberts, told UFC Tonight that “Showtime” remained in Dallas until Tuesday as a precautionary measure. He will have a follow-up evaluation in Milwaukee, where he lives and trains.

Pettis, who is 5-2 in the Octagon overall, captured the 155-pound strap with a first-round submission of Benson Henderson at UFC 164. After more than a year on the shelf, he defended the title at UFC 181, tapping out Gilbert Melendez with a guillotine choke 1:53 into round two.

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