UPDATED: TJ Grant To Get Next UFC Lightweight Title Shot
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.04.2013
UPDATED:MMAjunkie reports that Anthony Pettis will be out for two months and that he'll face TJ Grant in his next fight. The news was revealed by Dana White on Tuesday night on ESPN's SportsCenter.
White said that Pettis will be out for next seven to eight weeks with a Grade 2 knee sprain. In medical terms that's considered a "moderate" sprain.
ORIGINAL:MMA Junkie reports that UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis' (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) next fight is against T.J. Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), not featherweight champion Jose Aldo (23-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who he called out after his win over Benson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) at UFC 164.
Pettis had an MRI today to look at the knee injury he suffered while gaining the title. While the results aren't available, they should reveal when he will fight Grant. Henderson tapped out to an armbar in the first round of their main event on August 31 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. After the fight, Pettis said he popped his left knee early in the fight and felt it lock up when they hit the cage.
He said: "Henderson threw a kick and I went to check with my left leg, and he hit right in the crook of the knee, so I felt it go back and forth. So I don't know what happened. I stepped on it, and it was hurting a little bit, so when he had me on the cage, it was starting to lock up a bit. I'm not sure what happened. We'll find out pretty soon."
Pettis credited Aldo's trainer Andre Pederneiras for motivating him to asking for another shot at Aldo. The two were set to meet at UFC 163 when Pettis injured his right knee and had to back out. He eventually was well enough to challenge Henderson.
Pettis added: "His coach said I faked an injury. I would never fake an injury. I'm not afraid to fight anybody, and that's what that was all about. If he wants to fight me, let's make it happen. I'm ready."
Aldo later told Brazilian outlet Combate: "If a heavyweight wanted to fight me on the streets, would I ask him what his weight was? No. So you can schedule this s---, and let's stop this 'blah, blah, blah.'"
When Pettis is healed, he will fight Grant, who won a title shot with a KO victory over Gray Maynard at UFC 160. He congratulated Pettis on his title win.