Pettis out as UFC 163 headliner

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


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