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Anthony Pettis out for six weeks with knee injury, will not be fighting Ben Henderson at UFC 164

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UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis will have to wait a little longer to get his title shot.

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

You can squash any conspiracy theories you had about T.J. Grant losing his lightweight title shot to Anthony Pettis, who recently pulled out of his featherweight title fight with Jose Aldo with a knee injury. While the knee injury isn't serious enough to require surgery and a long wait on the sidelines, it is an injury that kills off even the slight chance that he had of fighting Ben Henderson at UFC 164 in Milwaukee.

Pettis met with a UFC-approved doctor in Las Vegas who informed him that his torn meniscus injury will require him to sit out for six weeks, UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com after ESPN.com first reported it. Pettis originally believed he would return to full-strength in half that time.

The good news for Pettis is that he does not require surgery to fix his injured knee.

Basically, in addition to not being able to unseat Grant as the title challenger opposite Henderson, he won't be medically fit to compete in his hometown at all. However, by the time he's fully recovered he can wait and see how both the Aldo/Korean Zombie and Henderson/Grant fight play out before receiving a title shot in one of those weight classes.

Pettis last fought in January when he TKOed Donald Cerrone with a brutal body kick at UFC on Fox 6. That actually earned him a title shot against the winner of Ben Henderson/Gilbert Melendez, but Pettis opted to drop to 145 to fight Aldo instead. Now it looks like Pettis is going to wait for two title fights to end to see where he'll fight next.