Pettis won't fight Cerrone in Denver

ESPN staff
May 17, 2012
Anthony Pettis is still recovering from shoulder surgery © Getty Images

Donald Cerrone will not be able to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 150, if the lightweight gets his wish to appear at the Denver event.

Cerrone has made clear his desire to be on the card for the August 11 event, regardless of the opponent. Pettis had long been pegged as the American's most likely adversary in the Octagon, but his agent Mike Roberts revealed on Thursday that his client is unable to fight until September at the earliest.

Pettis has recently undergone shoulder surgery, although he is expected to be ready to return in time for UFC 151 in September.

"For your information, Anthony Pettis is not available to fight until September," Roberts posted on Twitter.

Cerrone is unconcerned about who he fights next, but said after his most recent victory that he would like to be on the Denver card.

Roberts, meanwhile, revealed that he hopes Nate Diaz will fight his client in September in a duel over No. 1 contender status - rather than wait it out for a title shot.

"Diaz is his [Pettis'] first choice," he said, according to MMA Fighting.

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