Anthony Pettis Injures Knee; Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Fight With Josh Thomson

Anthony Pettis received some incredibly bad news this summer when a knee injury forced him out of his scheduled UFC 163 main event against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

But in the end, it worked out for Pettis in a big way. He was free to replace an injured T.J. Grant against Ben Henderson in the main event of UFC 164, and capitalized by submitting “Smooth” in the first round to gain the coveted UFC lightweight championship.

Now, it appears he’s suffered a scare of a similar magnitude. Pettis has another knee issue that again won’t require surgery.

UFC Prez Dana White confirmed the situation to Fox Sports’ Mike Chiappetta earlier this morning, but remained positive:

“He’s going to fight,” White said. “For sure.”

Pettis has apparently been in Las Vegas the past couple of days visiting with renowned specialist Dr. Steven Sanders to ensure that his knee is fit to face off with “Punk.” It hasn’t been specified if the injury is related to the one Pettis sustained earlier this year.

Dana’s positive outlook may come a little early, especially considering Pettis’ terrible luck with injuries as of late. He has been up and down, in and out of title fights and main events more than (possibly) any other fighter in the sports history.

As I suspected, the White’s optimism was inaccurate, as UFC officials confirmed the worst via twitter:

So with Pettis sidelined once again with injury, could this be the most sour start to a UFC title reign ever? I hope for a speedy recovery for Pettis, as the new 12-month layoff rule looks to come in to effect. The last thing we need is more ‘interim’ champions in the UFC.



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    November 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    he better be sure about it, otherwise if the result does not go his way we will see a the list of excuses piling up..

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    November 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    He better let that knee heal 100% now.. cause it seems like he took the title fight before it was fully healed and with his type of flashy style he's prone to injuries like that!

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    November 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Translation : Pettis won't withdraw but Dana sure will make him if the knee ain't 100% by then.

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    November 11, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Come on man that's twice this year Pettis robs of us of a great fight, hopefully they find a solid replacement, and Pettis heals quickly

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    November 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

    this ***** cause thompson can beat pettis but there is still a stacked card top to bottom and dana just moved mighty mouse/benavidez to take the main event spot. All works out

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    November 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I'm happy he pulled out.. he needs to let that knee fully recover and stop pushing it like he did last fight! fighting injured is just stupid… He's young and has a long career ahead of him, so he needs to be smart about it. He already got the belt so he's not in a rush right now to enter the cage. Recovery is a part of the fight business many ignore and pay for dearly!

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    Brian Cox

    November 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I beginning to worry that Pettis is one of those fighters that will be plagued by injuries, throughout his career.

    On another note, if T.J. Grant is healthy, they should match him with Josh Thomson.

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    November 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    "He's ducking Josh!" lmao "This has been a test of the troll system" If this had been an official troll, his comment would be flamed excessively".

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    November 12, 2013 at 4:37 am

    The guy is injury prone, there you go

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