Anthony Pettis emerged from his submission win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 without a mark on his face, but the newly crowned champ has revealed he injured his left knee during the fight. It is not the same knee, however, that Pettis injured heading into a scheduled August 3rd fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo, which forced “Showtime” to withdraw.
UFC boss man Dana White relayed that Pettis felt his “knee pop” during the fight, and the 26 year-old lightweight proceeded to confirm the injury during the post-fight press conference. When asked about the apparent injury, Pettis noted (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m not sure yet,” Pettis said. “Henderson threw a kick and I went to check with my left leg, and he hit right in the crook of the knee, so I felt it go back and forth.
“So I don’t know what happened. I stepped on it, and it was hurting a little bit, so when he had me on the cage, it was starting to lock up a bit. I’m not sure what happened. We’ll find out pretty soon.”
Pettis, who will reportedly undergo a MRI to see what the extent of the damage is, also relayed that he didn’t expect to emerge from a bout with Henderson unscathed. Pettis called out Aldo after his title win, however, it remains to be seen how serious the knee injury is.
Pettis forced Henderson to verbally submit to a first round, armbar, which evidently left the former champion injured as well. No details regarding the extent of the damage to Henderson’s arm has been disclosed yet.
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