Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis put on a bloody war with Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11. However, the fight simply did not go the former champion’s way.
After a series of failed triangle choke attempts, the fighter found himself on the wrong end of a beating from Poirier. In the end, Poirier earned a submission victory over his opponent by way of body triangle. Now Duke Roufus, coach to Anthony Pettis, has come forward to reveal that Pettis suffered a fractured rib during the fight.
Speaking to ESPN, Roufus said:
“It was a unique move, Dustin had his legs on that body triangle a little higher, on the ribs. We’re optimistic about it. When I was 19, I suffered an injury that I still struggle with and that’s torn rib cartilage. When Anthony tapped on Saturday, I was worried that’s what it was.
“Bones are always easier to heal than ligaments and tendons. We’re looking at the bright side of the situation.”