Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis will head back down to the lightweight division he once reigned as champion when he fights Diego Ferreira at a UFC event on January 18th in Las Vegas.
This date was originally expected to be the landing spot for the UFC 246 pay-per-view event and feature Conor McGregor in the main event, but it’s not being rumored that this is unlikely to happen and the event may well now be renamed as UFC Fight Night 166 instead.
Pettis is coming off a two-fight stint at welterweight this year where he shocked Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson by KO’ing him with a superman punch, before then losing by decision against Nate Diaz.
Pettis’ form was also patchy in his last run at lightweight too though, with wins over Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa being cancelled out by losses to Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson.
Now he’ll go up against Ferreira, who is in the midst of a fine run of form, winning his last five fights in a row at 155lbs.
Along the way he’s defeated some notable opponents like Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Rustam Khabilov and most recently Mairbek Taisumov, extending his overall career record to an impressive 16-2.
Pettis vs. Ferreira joins a January 18th card that is still forming, but will also feature the likes of Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modaferri and Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff.