Anthony “Showtime” Pettis won the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight championship after defeating Benson Henderson at UFC 164 this past weekend. Pettis will be sidelined and out of action for the next seven weeks with a grade two knee strain. Pettis had an MRI done to determine what was wrong with his knee which he injured after checking a kick from Henderson.
The new champ’s manager, Mike Roberts did not know the extent of the injury earlier today. “The knee’s still a little bit sore. We went and got the MRI this morning. We got the results back” said Roberts. “They’re a little bit inconclusive, so as we’re speaking they’re being looked over by a radiologist. After that we’ll know exactly what’s wrong.” UFC President Dana White announced later in the day via Twitter, that Pettis would need to rehab and will be back in seven weeks.
Pettis is in line for a potential superfight with UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, and called out Aldo in the cage after his victory at UFC 164. The champ has business to take care of before a fight with Aldo can take place. The UFC announced today that the next fight for “Showtime” will be with the #1 contender for his new title, TJ Grant. The timing of this fight works out as Grant is recovering from a concussion. Grant is on a win streak in the UFC and knocked out former champion, Gray Maynard in the first round in his last fight. The matchup between Pettis and Grant will likely take place in the first part of next year.