Anthony Pettis Facing Six Weeks Off, Title Shot Will Have to Wait


The MMA gods certainly seem to be dishing out some bad luck to Anthony Pettis, he will miss out on yet another title shot following his knee injury. Pettis campaigned for a shot at Benson Henderson’s Lightweight title at UFC 164, but the knee injury that forced Pettis out of the Aldo fight will now also mean that his hopes are fighting at UFC 164 are squashed.

The injury that Pettis suffered, a torn meniscus, doesn’t require surgery but will require an extended period of rest. Pettis had hoped that the injury would be more minor but, according to, a meeting with UFC doctors confirmed that a six week period of rest is necessary to heal up the injury.

Pettis sustained the injury while training with fellow UFC fighter Phil Davis, in what can only be described as another big knock to Pettis’ title aspirations. So TJ Grant will indeed maintain his spot in the headliner at UFC 164, and Pettis will again watch the division move by without him.

The only good that can come from this situation is that Pettis should almost be guaranteed a title shot once he recovers, in any division. He has waited long enough, especially since he is the last man to beat Benson Henderson, and he has smashed some good competition in the UFC since joining.

When will the injury curse end? Stay tuned to Lowkick!

  • I want to see Aldo vs Pettis or Bendo Pettis 2, so while this is bad news for Pettis and fans, one of those great fights will still happen soon

  • His so-called bid to fight Bendo for the belt at 164 was squashed before this "breaking" news…..and who didn't already know that he would be unavailable for that fight anyway, as if they would ever replace Grant. Doesn't take a Jedi Master to figure that one out. Moving on…..

    • Actually Anthony Pettis was originally looking at a 2-3 week recovery period, and made a serious request to fight Bendo. Pettis has done a lot more than Grant in the way of a title shot IMO. thanks for the input tho bro 😉

    • Bendo vs Pettis 2 would be a HUGE Boost in PPV sales over Grant Bendo IMO. So I don't see why the UFC wouldn't have taken that route IF it was available. I knew Pettis wouldn't make it because Dana was clear the injury was too serious. If it hadn't been though I think it would have been a no brainer for the UFC to put that fight together, especially considering Pettis was technically #1 contender before Gil, and he's last to defeat Bendo… and he's a damn human highlight reel. UFC loves exciting fighters/fights. Bendo Pettis 1 was that and beyond. I'm waiting patiently for Bendo Pettis 2, I'll gladly take Aldo Pettis 1rst however

  • Well Pettis, maybe that was why you were having trouble healing….you needed surgery man.

  • Pettis has been snakebit, and no doubt deserves his title shot. But one has to wonder if bypassing the next to guaranteed shot against Bendo was a good move. Obviously in hindsight, it wasn't, but even if he won, he would have kind of put the division on hold.

    I know it *****, but it seems like the best thing to do would be to rest up, get your knee to 100%, and then fight the winner of Henderson-Grant in November or December (hopefully).

  • Benson vs Pettis 2 would be a sure hit coz many people would like to see Benson lose.

  • Yeah, I didn't really think that was going to work out for Anthony.