Anthony Pettis planning UFC return on July 5 as part of promotion's Fourth of July Weekend PPV in Las Vegas

Mike McGinnis

"Showtime" has a date for his UFC return. Now all he needs is a clear-cut contender.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis recently underwent surgery to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee (see the pic here), which is expected to keep him sidelined until later this summer.

July 5, 2014 to be exact.

That's according to a report from UFC Tonight, which has "Showtime" making his Octagon return at the promotion's annual Fourth of July Weekend pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza in Las Vegas, Nevada. Against who? We may find out as soon as this weekend.

Depending on who wins.

After Pettis pulled out of his Josh Thomson fight, "The Punk" was re-booked to throw hands opposite former division kingpin Ben Henderson at the upcoming UFC on FOX 10 event, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday night (Jan. 25, 2014) at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

See the entire fight card and line up here.

With T.J. Grant still on the sidelines (because of this), the winner will likely welcome "Showtime" back to the cage, even though "Smooth" is 0-2 against the champ. Unless, of course, we can get these two top contenders to finally agree on a time and date to throw down.

Stay tuned.

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