After claiming the UFC lightweight title from Benson Henderson back in August, and running his record against the former champ to 2-0, current lightweight champ Anthony Pettis has suffered a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear that can keep him out of action for six months.
Reported by Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Pettis suffered the complete tear recently in his lead up to his UFC on FOX 9 title defense against Josh Thomson. The fight was postponed earlier this week with a rescheduled date seemingly coming in the near future, before the extent of Pettis’ injury was known.
Pettis was originally set to face T.J. Grant until Grant was forced from his second consecutive title shot with an injury. Now Thomson is in the waiting chair.
Pettis was marred with injury before in 2012, fighting only once that year.
In their place in the main event of UFC on FOX 9 is a rematch to last year’s inaugural flyweight tournament final between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. This time that fight will see Johnson defending his title.