The bad news is freshly-minted UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (pictured) has suffered a knee injury. The good news is it won’t jeopardize his December 14 title bout against Josh Thomson.
UFC president Dana White confirmed Pettis’ status with FoxSports.com late Saturday night.
“He’s going to fight,” White told the website. “For sure.”
According to White, Pettis has spent the past two days in Las Vegas getting examined by Dr. Steven Sanders, an orthopedist at Bone & Joint Specialists. Sanders informed “Showtime” that surgery would not be required.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Pettis has had problems with his knees. An injured right knee forced him out of his scheduled UFC 163 fight against featherweight champ Jose Aldo.
He was then bumped to a lightweight title bout with then-champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164. Pettis hurt his left knee in the opening minutes after checking a kick. The MRI returned negative and the knee simply needed six to eight weeks of rehab.
White didn’t go into specifics regarding Pettis’ current knee issue, nor did he confirm which knee is presently wounded.
Just curious, would Thomson be labeled a dirty fighter if he continuously unleashes those front kicks to the knees on Pettis that UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones has made famous?
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