If for some weird reason you weren’t impressed with how Anthony Pettis took the lightweight championship from Benson Henderson at UFC 164, then perhaps you will be now, since evidently he did so with a banged up shoulder…
The newly crowned champ relayed on the “The MMA Hour” Monday that he had other concerns on August 31st, aside from the knee injury which prevented him from fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 163.
“You know what, my knee was fine, but I actually separated my shoulder two weeks before the [Henderson] fight,” Pettis said. “So, going into the fight I had a separated right shoulder. My jitz coach [Diego Moraes] rolled a little too hard and he slammed me on my shoulder, and I separated my shoulder two weeks before the fight.
“The last two weeks before the camp all I could do was roll really light. I couldn’t spar. For me it was just a mental thing. I’ve been through that before. It sucks that it happened two before the fight, but I wasn’t backing out of that one.”
Crazy, and it’s probably a good thing for Pettis and his shoulder he was able to catch Henderson with that first round armbar. Pettis did add though that the shoulder didn’t give him any problems on fight night, and that the injury won’t prevent him from being ready for his UFC on FOX 9 scrap with Josh Thomson.
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