Anthony Pettis may have called out featherweight champ Jose Aldo, after laying claim to the UFC lightweight belt Saturday, but the promotion has announced that TJ Grant will throw down with “Showtime” next. Although no date has been set for the bout, the good news is that the knee injury Pettis incurred at UFC 164 reportedly is not serious.
UFC President Dana White announced the news on ESPN’s “Sports Center”, and the promotion also tweeted that Pettis-Grant is in the works. According to the report, Pettis has a Grade 2 knee sprain and will require 7 to 8 weeks to recover from the injury, which won’t require surgery (obviously).
So, this is good news for Grant and his supporters, as he was tapped to fight Benson Henderson at UFC 164, until he was forced to withdraw due to a concussion. The Canadian lightweight was booked for a title fight after he bombed out Gray Maynard at UFC 160 in May. The well rounded vet has gone 5-0 now since moving from welterweight to lightweight.
In a follow up tweet, the UFC relayed that if Pettis beats Grant, then “Aldo is likely to be the next fight. Gilbert Melendez is also in the mix for a shot at the title.”
Pettis tapped out Henderson with a first round, armbar at UFC 164, after being brought into replace Grant at the event. Initially, Pettis was scheduled to fight Aldo at UFC 163, but a knee injury forced the former WEC champ to withdraw. While lots of fans were likely pumped to see Aldo take on Pettis, a bout with Grant could still offer plenty of fireworks.
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