UFC Champ Anthony Pettis Has Torn PCL, Could be Sidelined Six Months

Written by Tom Ngo
November 13th, 2013

UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (pictured) can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to his knees. On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in Pettis’ left knee is what caused him to withdraw from next month’s scrap against Josh Thomson.  

It’s the same knee he injured during August’s victory over Benson Henderson at UFC 164. 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.

Three different doctors have already examined the knee, but Pettis is going to see one more specialist in Los Angeles next week to determine if surgery will be required. If “Showtime” has to go under the knife, he will be riding the pine for four to six months.

If he doesn’t need an operation, Pettis can resume training in eight weeks.

Pettis’ timetable will determine the future of Thomson, and possibly former top contender TJ Grant, who lost his next dibs status because 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.

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