UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has been on the mend ever since obtaining the UFC lightweight title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 last August.
During that fight, Pettis injured his knee, but was told that it would not require surgery. While training for his first scheduled title defense against Josh Thomson, Pettis suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee that required surgery.
In December, Pettis went under the knife in order to fix the PCL, but the road back to the cage has been an arduous process for the champion.
Six months after his surgery, and six months prior to his scheduled date with former StrikeForce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, Pettis was apparently cleared by a doctor to begin kicking while sparring.
Today, Pettis’ head coach Duke Roufus celebrated the milestone by posting the news on Instagram:
Along with the video was this caption from Roufus:
Pettis will be coaching alongside Melendez in the upcoming season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. The season will be historic, as it will be the first season to ever solely feature women MMA fighters. The show will serve as the introduction to the UFC’s newest division: women’s strawweight.
Also, the fighters on the show are not vying for a UFC contract. The tournament will determine the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion.