Anthony Pettis (Pictured) just can’t seem to catch a break. After his surgically-repaired shoulder recently acted up, which reportedly cost him a coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter 17″ opposite bitter rival Donald Cerrone, the former WEC lightweight champ has now suffered a staph infection in his elbow.
AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” revealed Pettis discovered the infection Monday and was admitted to a Milwaukee-area hospital for treatment.
No word on how long “Showtime’s” latest setback will cause him to ride the pine.
Pettis was last seen knocking out Joe Lauzon at UFC 144. Following February’s highlight-reel kick, UFC president Dana White tentatively promised Pettis first dibs at Benson Henderson’s 155-pound title. When White opted to grant Frankie Edgar an immediate rematch against Bendo instead, Pettis decided to go under the knife to fix his nagging shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old sprained the same shoulder last week while training.
Once Pettis is given the green light, he and Cerrone are expected to settle their beef in early 2013.