The newly minted UFC Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, was set to defend his belt for the first time against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9. Reports surfaced that Pettis was hurt in his previous fight against Benson Henderson, but he rehabbed enough to the point that he would be able to fight in December. Unfortunately, once Pettis got back into training, he re-injured himself, and was forced to pull out of the UFC on FOX 9 card.
Luckily, for the UFC, the Flyweight title fight between Joe Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson was made the new main event of the UFC on FOX 9 card. That fight should be excellent and should not be considered a downgrade from the Lightweight title fight.
As for Pettis’s injury, he may be looking at a lengthy lay off. Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight last night, that Pettis completely tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. This injury is unfortunately from the same knee he injured at UFC 164, where he defeated Benson Henderson to become the new Lightweight champion.
Pettis supposedly consulted multiple doctors regarding the injury, but a fourth and final doctor in LA will determine if surgery is necessary or not. Pettis believes he will likely have to have surgery, which could leave him on the shelf for up to 6 months. If surgery is not necessary, the rehab for his knee would take up to 8 weeks.
Either way this is a huge hit to the UFC and Pettis. Pettis is becoming a fast rising star for his electric striking and incredible style. The fact is however, that he has trouble staying healthy. Hopefully, Pettis elects to take the route that will fully heal his knee, so that he can avoid injuries like this in the future.