Newly minted UFC Lightweight champion of the world, Anthony Pettis, is scheduled to fight former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Josh Thomson, at UFC on FOX 9. That bout was in jeopardy when it was announced that Pettis had suffered an injury in training camp.
Luckily, the knee injury suffered by Pettis is not serious and will not need surgery. UFC president, Dana White, stated that Pettis will be able to fight Thomson at UFC on FOX 9.
Fans may recall that this is not the first time Pettis has injured his knee. A scheduled Featherweight title fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 163 was scrapped due to a Pettis injury. Of course, only one PPV later at UFC 164, Pettis defeated Benson Henderson to become the new UFC Lightweight champion.
It is very interesting that this injury was made public, considering that it is not serious enough to scrap the fight. Now, Thomson is made aware of Pettis’s injury which could score him an advantage come fight night. Consider that Tim Kennedy, who was victorious this past Wednesday, fought with a torn quad. Of course, that injury was not made public until after the fight. It will be interesting to see if Thomson utilizes inside and outside leg kicks to the knees of Pettis during the fight.