Anthony Pettis to Sue USADA Over Injury Suffered During Sample Collection
By: Tristen Critchfield Jan 13, 2020
Pettis claims to have suffered a bizarre injury during a drug
test ahead of UFC 241, and now the former lightweight champion
plans on suing USADA.
Pettis revealed to
ESPN on Monday that he submitted a urine sample prior to facing
Diaz in their welterweight bout in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 17.
According to Pettis, he suffered a cut on his right hand while
screwing on the collection bottle.
“Showtime” went through with his fight against Diaz after UFC
doctors closed his hand with glue, but Pettis would lose a
unanimous decision. Duke Roufus, Pettis’ longtime coach, wanted his
fighter to withdraw from the contest.
Pettis’ manager, Abe Kawa, told ESPN that he has enlisted the
services of attorney Howard Jacobs, who defended Jon Jones in an
anti-doping case, and intends to file a lawsuit within the
"We are absolutely filing a lawsuit," Kawa said. "We'll be naming
USADA, the UFC and the manufacturer of the bottle that Anthony cut
Pettis will return to action for the first time since that fight
when he meets Diego
Ferreira in a lightweight bout at UFC 246.