Having most recently captured the UFC lightweight title from Benson Henderson at UFC 164, Anthony Pettis was scheduled to make his first title defense against Josh Thomson on December 14th. Unfortunately, he was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. The injury requires surgery and he’s currently scheduled to go under the knife on December 12th.
In a recent interview on UFC Tonight, Pettis revealed that his operation will sideline him for quite some time.
“The doctor said six to eight months, so I’m hoping six months,” Pettis said. “I want to be back by summertime. Hope to get a July fight.”
As for that “July fight,” Pettis is hoping it’ll be against fellow lightweight Nate Diaz.
“Nate Diaz has been talking so much,” he said regarding Diaz. “And his last fight, he actually looked pretty decent, but it’s hard to judge against Gray Maynard. I hope Nate works his way up, and we get to fight.”
Considering that Diaz has recently dropped bouts to Henderson and Thomson, him getting a title shot in July is highly unlikely. Even so, if Diaz can manage to rack up a few wins against some elite lightweights, it’s possible we could see him fight Pettis sometime in the future.
As for Pettis, there’s nothing he can do in the meantime except follow his doctor’s instructions and hope to recover as quickly as possible.