According to a report Wednesday on ProMMAInsider.com, Anthony Pettis suffered a knee sprain during his fight with Benson henderson at UFC 164, where he claimed the lightweight title with a first round victory. It could have been worse, however, as it was not initially known how badly he had damaged his knee during te fight. Fortunately, he will not require surgery.
It will require Pettis to take some time off however, as it will take up to eight weeks for him to recover from the Grade 2 sprain.
It was also revealed, that when he does compete again, awaiting him for his first title defense will be T.J. Grant. Anthony Pettis originally called out UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo after beating Henderson, but evidently that dream fight will have to wait for at least a little while.
Pettis was supposed to fight Aldo at UFC 163, but was forced to pull out of that contest with an injury to his right knee. Instead, Aldo went on to face Chan Sung Jung, scoring a fourth round TKO.
Benson Henderson was originally slated to meet T.J. Grant at UFC 164, but Grant pulled out of that contest with an injury of his own. That enabled Anthony Pettis to once again square off with his old nemesis.
Their first meeting was a tough five round contest that Pettis pulled out. It also included one of the most famous moments in MMA history, as Pettis leaped off the cage and landed a right leg kick that landed squarely to the face of Henderson, almost allowing Pettis to get a finish.
This time, however, things went much differently, with Pettis getting the job done in less than one frame. At the 4:31 mark, Benson Henderson found himself in an armbar that forced him to verbally submit.