Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has been cleared to train in jiu-jitsu and boxing after surgery on his injured knee in December. Pettis is scheduled to coach the TUF 20 season alongside contender Gilbert Melendez, before the two highly respected 155-pounders square off on a yet-to-be-confirmed card. MMAFighting confirmed the news with Pettis’ coach Duke Roufus.
Pettis suffered a torn PCL in his left knee, which forced the champion to pull out of his fight with Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9. ‘Showtime’ is yet to defend his lightweight title after defeating Benson Henderson for a second time at UFC 164. Pettis has gone 4-1, with four wins in a row, after the WEC folded in December 2010. The win over Henderson led to Pettis winning the Submission of the Year from multiple media outlets.
The champion will film The Ultimate Fighter season 20 in July alongside Gilbert Melendez, with the pair coaching the women’s strawweights, many of which are ranked in the division. The season is set to air later this year, with the ever-present coaches’ battle taking place before the end of the year for the lightweight title.