Another day another UFC lightweight injured.

On Thursday night, during a segment on Fox Sports 1, it was revealed former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has been forced to withdraw from his UFC on FOX 16 matchup with Myles Jury after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Pettis (18-3) was looking to get back into the title hunt after seeing reigning champion Rafael dos Anjos walk away his belt at UFC 185 in March. Prior to this setback, ‘Showtime’ earned a second round submission over former Stikeforce, WEC and Dream champion Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event of UFC 181 in December, earning a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. This not only marked his first title defense but also extended his win streak to five, which includesd four straight stoppages.

Jury (15-1), a veteran of season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter, will enter this fight coming off his first career loss, which came in the form of a one-sided beatdown at the hands of Donald Cerrone at UFC 182 in January. Prior to this setback, the man known as ‘Fury’ had won all six of his bouts under the UFC banner, which included TKO victory over former Pride FC legend Takanori Gomi and a decision over TUF 1 champion Diego Sanchez.

As a result of Pettis’s injury, Edson Barboza has been named the replacement against Jury.

Barboza (15-3) will also be looking to right the ship after dropping a decision to Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 61. This setback, snapped the dynamic strikers two fight win streak. He will enter this bout with 11 career stoppage wins, including nine by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 9-2.

UFC on FOX 16 is currently set to take place at the United Center in  Chicago. A bantamweight title fight between reigning champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barão will serve as the main event.

 

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