UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is one of the most exciting fighters in MMA today, but his biggest problem in the UFC has been his ability to stay healthy. Dana White told the media at last night's UFC Fight Night 32 press conference that Pettis currently has an unspecified knee injury, but will still defend his title vs. Josh Thomson on December 14th at UFC on Fox 9. Fox Sports has more details:
White did not specify Pettis’ injury, but said Pettis has spent the last two days in Las Vegas, seeing Dr. Steven Sanders, an orthopedist at Bone & Joint Specialists. After examining Pettis, Sanders informed him that no surgery would be necessary to address his problem.
Keep in mind that Pettis pulled out of his featherweight title clash against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 with a torn meniscus, and also sprained his PCL following his lightweight title victory over Ben Henderson at UFC 164. There's no word on whether or not the injury Dana referred to is the same one that Pettis suffered in the Henderson fight.
Pettis (17-2) fought 4 times in 2010 (all in the WEC), but has just 5 fights in 3 years with the UFC. His outstanding striking game, tremendous striking defense, as well as his highly dangerous submissions have propelled him to the top of the lightweight division, but his recurring health issues at just 26-years-old are definitely a concern. Hopefully there are no further setbacks over the next few weeks and he is able to showcase his talents on national TV this December against Josh Thomson.
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