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Pettis out as UFC 163 headliner

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SAITAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: Anthony Pettis reacts after knocking out Joe Lauzon during the...
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UFC President Dana White posted a tweet earlier today breaking news that Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has injured his knee and will no longer face reigning champion Jose Aldo for the featherweight title.

Chan Sung Jung aka “The Korean Zombie” will now face the featherweight titleholder in the main event at UFC 163.

Zombie is coming off three sensational wins over Leonard Garcia, Mark Hominick and Dustin Poirier. His presence has been made very clear in the featherweight division and the #4-ranked Jung will be ready for his upcoming challenge. Despite TKZ's impressive surge, fellow Top 5 featherweights are already expressing their disdain:

Indeed, the MMA gods continue to have other plans Anthony Pettis. It’s been just under five months since "Showtime" dealt a TKO in impressive fashion to Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and cemented his place into UFC contendership. Pettis also threw a curveball when he announced his plans to drop to featherweight to battle Aldo—fight fans around the globe had been patiently waiting for a Benson Henderson rematch. Further details surrounding Pettis’ injury have yet to be disclosed, but pending his recovery time, Pettis could have just opened up a wormhole back to the lightweight division. —Josh Baird
 

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