Anthony Pettis Gives A Timetable For His Recovery And Return
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.14.2013
When will he be back?
During an appearance on AXS TV's Inside MMA last night, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) said he could be back in the first half of 2014. He was scheduled to fight Josh Thomson (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at tonight's UFC on FOX 9 event before suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). He recently had successful surgery.
He said: "From what I understand and what the doctors are telling me, I could be out two to three months before I can actually start getting active and start training again. I'm looking at a four- to six-month recovery before I can fight again. It's a pretty serious injury. I'm 26 years old, so I've got to do it right. I'm a champ for a reason. I feel like if I take the proper time and heal my body right, then I can stay the champ for a long time."
Instead, Thomson will fight former champion Benson Henderson (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who lost to Pettis in August, at UFC on FOX 10 next month. The winner will likely get the first shot at Pettis. Pettis' trainer, Duke Roufus said that his knee never healed correctly after he injured it fighting Henderson.