Former WEC champion Anthony Pettis will not be making any trips down the UFC’s featherweight division. However, Pettis also won’t be stepping back inside the Octagon in the immediate future.

Chael Sonnen, a guest analyst on UFC Tonight, reported that Pettis will undergo surgery and is expected to be out for at least eight weeks.

To bring you up to speed, Mr. Pettis is going to go in for some surgery – he’s going to be out for about eight weeks. He’s going to make a comeback and it will be at 155.

There were rumors of Pettis dropping down to featherweight to face champion Jose Aldo, but it looks like he’ll stay in the lightweight division for now. “Showtime” was looking at a title shot before Benson Henderson claimed the belt from Frankie Edgar in a close decision.

Now, with his current situation more of an unknown – it was not made public what kind of surgery Pettis will be having – who he does face in his return remains a mystery. The lightweight division is stacked, so there are plenty of worthy challengers for Pettis to test his skills against.

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