Anthony Pettis has blown his chances of possibly becoming the interim featherweight champion after he missed weight ahead of his bout with Max Holloway at UFC 206 in Toronto on Saturday.
Pettis weighed in at 148lbs on Friday, three pounds above the weight limit, and UFC president Dana White has admitted that he may not fight in the featherweight division any more in the future.
Pettis dropped down to the featherweight division from the lightweight division after three consecutive losses, which included him losing his lightweight title at Rafael dos Anjos.
The 29-year-old made an encouraging start to his featherweight career as he defeated Charles Oliveira via submission in the third round of their fight at UFC on FOX 21 in August.
Eager to become a UFC champion again, Pettis was given the opportunity to fight Holloway in the main event of UFC 206, with the winner going on to face Jose Aldo, who was restored as featherweight champion after Conor McGregor relinquished the belt following his lightweight title victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last month.
While Pettis won’t become the interim featherweight champion is he wins, the same rules don’t apply to Holloway as he made weight.
“Anthony Pettis didn't make weight. So now what happens is he loses 20 per cent of his purse and if he wins it is not a title fight,” White told TSN. “If he wins, he will not be the [interim] title holder. If Max Holloway wins, he will be the interim champion.
“If Pettis wins, I have got to decide if I want him to fight for the 145lb title. I don't know if he can make the weight.”
Despite failing to make weight, White insisted that he held no ill feelings towards Pettis as he knows the Milwaukee native did everything in his power to be within the weight limit.
“Believe me when I tell you Anthony Pettis wanted to make weight,” White said. “He has been working for months for this date.
“When he landed here in Toronto he was ten pounds [over the weight limit] so he should have made the weight.
“What that tells you is he is too old and he is too big to make that weight, in my opinion. We will see where we go from here.”