During Anthony Pettis’ fight at UFC 164 where he defeated Benson Henderson in the first-round for the title, he suffered a knee injury that will require him to miss some time. Pettis has been diagnosed with a sprained knee, which will keep him on the sidelines for the next seven or eight weeks.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement, along with passing along the news that Pettis’ next fight will be against top contender TJ Grant.
UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that Grant (21-5) will meet newly-minted 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis (17-2) in Pettis’ next fight. Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole first tweeted the news.
White said a superfight between Pettis and Jose Aldo was never seriously considered because Grant “was next.”
TJ Grant took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to express his excitement:
— TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) September 4, 2013
Pettis vs. Grant should take place in the first quarter of 2014, so until then we will have to see how the rest of the challengers in the 155-pound division sort everything out.
For now, we will have to wait for the Pettis vs. Jose Aldo fight that we have been hoping for.