UPDATE: Despite it being previously reported that Pettis would be fit in time to defend his lightweight title against Thompson, it would now appear that the injury is worse than first expected, leading to the bout being postponed. The flyweight title contest between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez has now been moved from the TUF 18 Finale to serve as UFC on Fox 9’s new main event. Pettis and Thompson are expected to square off in early 2014.
ORIGINAL STORY: UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (17-2) recently suffered a knee injury, according to UFC President Dana White, who spoke to FOX Sports following the end of UFC Fight Night 32.
Although Dana did not reveal the specifics of the injury, or indeed which knee had been injured, he quickly ended any fears of Pettis being unable to defend his belt against Josh Thompson (20-5, 1nc) later this year at UFC on Fox 9, confirming that Pettis will be ready.
“He’s going to fight… For sure.”
White, while not discussing details of the injury, revealed that Pettis would not require surgery after spending two days in Las Vegas being examined by Dr. Steven Sanders, an orthopedist at Bone & Joint Specialists.
This isn’t the first time that Pettis has suffered from a knee injury. Leading up to a potential fight with Jose Aldo (23-1) at UFC 163, Pettis had to pull out of the fight after suffering a torn meniscus. Pettis then went on to face Benson Henderson (19-3) instead at UFC 164, following an injury to TJ Grant (21-5), where he captured the lightweight title and the rest, as they say, is history.
Pettis is scheduled to square off against Thompson in the first defence of his lightweight title at UFC on Fox 9 on December 14th at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.