This time, Anthony Pettis had his name on a contract and UFC marketing materials clearly indicating that he would fight for a title.
The past two times he was supposed to get a title shot, it never materialized. And on Friday, news broke that Pettis suffered a torn meniscus in his knee while training in Brazil and has to pull out of his featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 on Aug. 3.
Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie," will replace Pettis in the championship bout. Jung was scheduled to fight Ricardo Lamas at UFC 162 on July 6 in what figured to be a title eliminator bout. No word yet on who Lamas will fight, be it at 162 or another card.
"Injuries are part of the sport, Small tear in my meniscus." Pettis wrote on his verified Twitter account. "I was so ready for this fight, this won't stop me!Be back soon."
When Pettis won the WEC lightweight title from Benson Henderson on that promotion's final card in December 2010, he was supposed to fight the Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard winner from UFC 125 in a title unification bout. Instead, Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw and rematched at UFC 136. In the meantime, Pettis lost to Clay Guida.
Pettis returned to knock out Joe Lauzon at UFC 144 and a title shot seemed likely. No such luck then, or now.