Anthony Pettis recently grabbed the UFC lightweight title in dominant fashion, submitting Benson Henderson at UFC 164. Though it seems his win is even more impressive in light of a recent revelation: Pettis fought the bout with a separated shoulder.
“You know what, my knee was fine, but I actually separated my shoulder two weeks before the [Henderson] fight,” Pettis said on The MMA Hour. “So, going into the fight I had a separated right shoulder. My jitz coach [Daniel Wanderley] rolled a little too hard and he slammed me on my shoulder, and I separated my shoulder two weeks before the fight.
“The last two weeks before the camp all I could do was roll really light. I couldn’t spar. For me it was just a mental thing. I’ve been through that before. It sucks that it happened two weeks before the fight, but I wasn’t backing out of that one.”
Despite the pain, Pettis never considered pulling out of the bout.
“[I didn’t consider pulling out of the fight] at all,” he said. “I just told my coach I’m going to settle down the last two weeks. I mean, I had a super-long training camp. From February until August I was training and getting ready for title fights. So I was 100 percent ready, but things happen. Every fighter can tell you, you never go into a fight 100 percent healthy.”
Pettis will defend his new title for the first time against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9 in December, a card you can see below.
Anthony Pettis (17-2) vs. Josh Thomson (20-5)
Urijah Faber (29-6) vs. Michael McDonald (16-2)
Chad Mendes (15-1) vs. Nik Lentz (24-5-2, 1 NC)
Scott Jorgensen (14-7) vs. Ian McCall (12-4-1)
Mac Danzig (21-11-1) vs. Joe Lauzon (22-9)
Carlos Condit (29-7) vs. Matt Brown (18-11)
Kelvin Gastelum (7-0) vs. Court McGee (16-3)
Abel Trujillo (10-5, 1 N.C.) vs. Roger Bowling (11-4, 1 N.C.)