Anthony Pettis at WEC 48UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis recently had to back out of the first planned defense of his title due to a knee injury.

Pettis had been slated to put his newly minted belt on the line against Josh Thomson in the UFC on Fox 9 main event on Dec. 14 in Sacramento. But when he aggravated his left knee in training that all changed.

The fight was nixed. Thomson will now square off against former champion Benson Henderson in the UFC on Fox 10 main event on Jan. 25 in Chicago, while Pettis is headed for the operating room.

UFC Tonight on Wednesday confirmed that Pettis would be going under the knife on Dec. 12. He tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee when he returned to training after his victory over Henderson.

It is, of course, too soon to give a definitive time frame for Pettis’ return, but the champ guaranteed UFC Tonight that he would be back by summertime 2014.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Trading Shots: On Anthony Pettis, precipitous falls, and jumping to conclusions

  • 29 days ago
  • 144 views

In this week’s Trading Shots, were we too quick to write off Anthony Pettis after his third consecutive loss at UFC 197, or were we too quick to proclaim his greatness when he became UFC lightweight read news >>

No UFC 200? Nate Diaz announces vacation plans (and posts epic street art)

  • 28 days ago
  • 521 views

With Conor McGregor officially ruled out, it appears Nate Diaz won’t get a replacement opponent for UFC 200.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 197 Medical Suspensions: Jon Jones, OSP Possibly Sidelined for Six Months

  • 27 days ago
  • 24 views

Jon Jones recently returned to championship status, winning the interim version of the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 197 on Saturday in Las Vegas. read news >>

Valor Fights’ Corey Browning Plans Busy Year

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

He may have started his pro career off slowly, but Corey Browning plans a busy 2016. He returns to the cage at Valor Fights 32 on Friday. read news >>

Junior dos Santos Sidelined Following Surgery

  • 25 days ago
  • 32 views

Junior dos Santos suffered a shoulder injury in his fight with Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 86 in early April. read news >>

Amanda Nunes: ‘Miesha Tate Has a Lot of Holes in Her Game’

  • 22 days ago
  • 82 views

Title challenger Amanda Nunes says women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has 'a lot of holes in her game,' and plans to exploit them at UFC 200. read news >>

Amir Khan Wants to Showcase His Striking at ONE: Ascent to Power

  • 19 days ago
  • 12 views

A longtime Thai fighters, Amir Khan plans to show off his striking at ONE: Ascent to Power and make everyone take notice. read news >>

Tonya Evinger Plans to Punish Colleen Schneider in Invicta FC 17 Title Defense

  • 19 days ago
  • 4 views

Tonya Evinger has plans to put the hurt on Colleen Schneider in her Invicta FC 17 title defense on Saturday night. read news >>

Stipe Miocic is in the fight game to win title; plans to win it for Cleveland

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

No. 1 contender Stipe Miocic has had a vision of winning the belt since he started in the UFC. On Saturday night in enemy territory - Curitiba, Brazil at UFC 198 - Miocic plans to take out Fabricio W read news >>

Cris Cyborg Shoots Down Ronda Rousey Talk, Plans Featherweight Return

  • 9 days ago
  • 17 views

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino made her UFC debut at UFC 198. It was a fight years in the making, highlighted by a dominant win in front of her hometown. It was her moment, and she wanted to make sure th read news >>