Anthony Pettis won’t challenge featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 163 anymore due to injury, and it looks like his hopes of fighting lightweight champ Benson Henderson at UFC 164 won’t happen either, but the renowned fighter will likely challenge for a title next. The news comes not long after the UFC announced that Pettis has been forced to withdraw from his August 3rd fight with Aldo due to a knee injury.
Speaking to reporters after Saturday’s UFC 161 card in Winnipeg, UFC President Dana White confirmed that Pettis will probably fight for a belt next, however, it remains to be seen if it’s at 145 or 155. White was quoted saying (quote via MMA Fighting com):
“He’s definitely in line [at featherweight], but we’ll see what happens. He could do either – he could fight Aldo or he could fight the winner of [Ben] Henderson and T.J. Grant.”
There’s not many fighters in MMA you can say that about. The good news is that Pettis won’t need surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his knee, so the highlight reel striker should be back soon. So soon, in fact, that Pettis wants to fight Henderson in his home town of Milwaukee on August 31st. Of course, TJ Grant has already been given that assignment.
According to White, however, he’s not sure when the fighter will be healthy enough to compete,.
“He talked to a doctor, and the doctor said he’s out for a good six weeks and he needs a good [physical] therapist and he needs to get his knee back. That’s what our doctor said. He talked to a therapist in Milwaukee who told him three weeks. I could give a s— what the therapist in Milwaukee thinks – I’m listening to the doctor.”
In case you missed it, Chang Sung Jung or “The Korean Zombie”, is fighting Aldo now at UFC 163.