It was good news for the UFC and Anthony Pettis (17-2), after it was revealed that his recent knee injury was only likely to keep him out of action for 7-8 weeks, freeing him up to defend his title against TJ Grant (21-5) in the near future.
UFC President Dana White spoke on ESPN’s SportCenter to inform viewers that Pettis had only suffered a sprain and that the injury was nothing serious.
“It’s a [posterior cruciate ligament] sprain — a Grade 2 sprain. He’s got [a lateral collateral ligament] strain, but there are no major tears and he will be back in seven to eight weeks.
“He’ll have seven to eight weeks of therapy and then he will fight TJ Grant in his first defense.”
White then followed that up with confirmation via Twitter.
Pettis has a grade 2 sprain. Needs to rehab and will be back in 7 weeks
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 4, 2013
As discussed earlier, Pettis is now likely to take on TJ Grant in the first defence of his title, with a potential superfight against Jose Aldo (23-1) also in the not to distant future. The bout between Pettis and Grant is now looking likely to take place in early 2014, allowing Pettis time to recover from the knee injury and Grant to resume training following his lay-off caused by the concussion that scrapped his original title bout with Benson Henderson (19-3).