Anthony Pettis may have been campaigning for a rematch with Benson Henderon at UFC 164, but the knee injury that pulled him from his UFC 163 bout with Jose Aldo, will keep him out for the next six weeks. So, in other words, TJ Grant and his growing fan base can exhale a big sigh of relief.
According to a report from MMA Fighting, Pettis met with the UFC’s physician Wednesday in Las Vegas, and was told the torn meniscus he incurred while training recently will require six weeks to heal. The news doesn’t come as too big of a surprise really, as UFC President Dana White revealed after UFC 161 that a physician had already informed Pettis he would need to rest the knee for six weeks.
Pettis reportedly got his hopes up about fighting Henderson at the August 31st, UFC 164, however, after a physical therapist told him the knee might only need three weeks to heal. White stated last week that he intended to bring the former WEC champ out to Las Vegas for another opinion, and now the MMA world has it’s answer.
So, while some fans, particularly those in Pettis’s hometown of Milwaukee, may not be happy to hear the injury update, White has also said the “Showtime” could return to a title shot at 145 or 155. Plus, the way Grant’s been fighting lately, you could do a lot, lot worse in terms of a main event.
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