After finally claiming his title from Benson Henderson at UFC 164, Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis was set to defend his title for the first time against Josh Thomas at UFC on Fox 9 in December that is until a recent knee injury has put him out of commission.
It was released last week that Pettis has suffered a torn PCL in training and has stated that he expects himself to be out for at least 6 months. However, Dana White stated at a media scrum for UFC 167 that Pettis would “definitely need surgery” and could be out for up to 8 months.
This isn’t sitting very well with the champ as he says he’ll be looking to get one more opinion next week.
Dana went on to say that he would not be appointing an interim champion to the lightweight division while Pettis is on the sidelines. This leaves the fighters in the lightweight division in an awkward position. With no one at the top of the heap, and Thomas without an opponent, it is likely that Thomas will be expected to fight the man originally scheduled to fight for the title at UFC on Fox 9, T.J. Grant.
Grant, who was originally scheduled to fight Henderson before Pettis was, was unable to fight for the title due to an injury. The same injury, a concussion he hadn’t been medically cleared of, hindered him from facing Pettis in December. However, it looks like the most likely matchup will be Thomas vs. Grant for the number one contenders spot to see who really deserves a shot at the title.Tags: Anthony Pettis, Dana White, Josh Thomas, mma, MMA NEWS, T.J. Grant, ufc, ufc news