Freshly-minted UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (pictured) may have called out reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo just minutes after capturing the crown on Saturday, but his mouth may have been writing a check his injured left knee can’t currently cash.
After blocking one of Benson Henderson’s kicks in the opening minutes of their UFC 164 scrap, Pettis said his knee responded awkwardly.
“I checked a kick,” Pettis stated at the post-fight press conference. “I didn’t get my shin high enough so he hit me right in the knee. So, I kinda felt my knee jar back and forth.
“[I’m] not sure what’s going on with it yet. It’s swollen up, maybe it’s just a bruise. I don’t know. We’ll get an MRI and we’ll go from there.”
The good news for Pettis, outside of the fact he’ll be taking the hardware back to his house, is that it’s not the same right knee that forced him out of his scheduled UFC 163 fight against Aldo.
While Pettis didn’t hesitate to handpick his next opponent, UFC president Dana White wants to mull it over before deciding what’s next for his newest champion. First and foremost, White wants to see what Pettis’ test will reveal.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” White said. “No sense in even talking about another fight right now.”