Forget about last night’s report that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (pictured) will have a fourth and final specialist examine his left knee next week before deciding if surgery is required, UFC president Dana White revealed Thursday his latest superstar will in fact go under the knife to repair his torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).
White made the announcement to a small group of media following UFC 167‘s pre-fight press conference in Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to White, Pettis will be riding the pine for up to eight months. White added that the UFC won’t manufacture an interim title in “Showtime’s” absence.
Pettis initially hurt the knee in the opening minutes of August’s UFC 164 victory over Benson Henderson. At the time, the 26-year-old was told the injury would only take two months of rehab to recover. On his first day back to training, Pettis re-injured it after checking a kick.
The fast-rising 155-pounder was then forced to postpone, now withdraw, from his December 14 fight against Josh Thomson. White didn’t say what will now be in store for Thomson, or former top contender TJ Grant who lost his place in line due to the lingering effects of a concussion.
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.
Pettis has only fought three times since February 2012.