It may have been a long shot to begin with, but it looks like Milwaukee fans will have to enjoy UFC 164 without the city’s Anthony Pettis competing. According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, a UFC approved doctor in Las Vegas has informed Pettis that he will need six weeks to recover from the torn meniscus in his knee, which pulled him from his August 3rd bout with Jose Aldo.
Pettis was reportedly informed by a physical therapist that the injury might only need three weeks to heal, and at that point, he started campaigning for a rematch with Benson Henderson at UFC 164. Dana White relayed after UFC 161 that the original diagnosis said Pettis would be out for six weeks, however, and that he wanted to get another opinion. Since UFC 164 takes place on August 31st, even if the promotion elected to remove TJ Grant, that would be one short training camp for Pettis.
The good news is that Pettis won’t require surgery, and White has already gone on record stating “Showtime” could be tapped for a title shot at 145 or 155 pounds. Besides, considering Grant just took out one of the sport’s top lightweights and more notable wrestlers in Gray Maynard, the headliner could be a thriller to begin with.
UFC 164 will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center and will also feature Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir, Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida, and Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier.