Anthony Pettis to Sue USADA Over Injury Suffered During Sample Collection

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jan 13, 2020
Anthony 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 week.

"We are absolutely filing a lawsuit," Kawa said. "We'll be naming USADA, the UFC and the manufacturer of the bottle that Anthony cut himself on.”

Pettis will return to action for the first time since that fight when he meets Diego Ferreira in a lightweight bout at UFC 246.

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