Anthony Pettis’ first title defense has been postponed.
According to a report on Fox Sports Live on Sunday night, the newly crowned UFC lightweight champion has suffered a knee injury, and will have to withdraw from his UFC on Fox 9 matchup against Josh Thompson. This is in stark contrast to what Dana White had reported Saturday night, telling Fox Sports that Pettis was “going to fight… for sure”.
The flyweight title fight between champ Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez that was set to headline the TUF 18 Finale will now move to the UFC on FOX 9 show, and in turn, a lightweight fight between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will move into the new main event spot for the TUF 18 Finale, up from the co-main event.
It’s unsure at this time whether or not Pettis’ injury is linked to his championship-winning fight with ben “Smooth” Henderson, in which Anthony had tweaked his left knee while checking a kick; what IS sure, however, is that Pettis has had some fairly bad luck when it comes to injuries sustained during his time with the UFC. Shoulder separations, staph infections and injuries to both knees have plagued “Showtime” over the last few years, but hopefully for Anthony (and the fans), this won’t keep him on the shelf for too long.
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