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  • 12-14-2013, 04:24 PM
    UFC champ Anthony Pettis gives timetable for recovery, return

    “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,” he told ACS TV’s “Inside MMA” on Friday. “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.”

    Josh Thomson not worried about ‘pissing away’ once-promised title shot
    “The option of not taking the fight lasted, like, two seconds,” Thomson said during a UFC Fight Club Q&A session prior to Friday’s UFC on FOX 9 weigh-ins.

    For Thomson (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC), the fight, in this case, is a UFC on FOX 10 headliner opposite the man whom Pettis recently beat to claim the belt – ex-champ Benson Henderson (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC). The event takes place Jan. 25 at Chicago’s United Center and airs live on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.

    Thomson, who returned to the UFC in April after a nine-year hiatus, chose to stay busy rather than wait after Pettis withdrew from their bout, which originally was scheduled to headline tonight’s UFC on FOX 9 event.

    “I said, ‘Well, how long is [Pettis] out? [A UFC official] said, ’10 months,’ and I said, ‘No. OK, we’ve got to fight him,’” he said. “It’s already been since April since I fought Nate (Diaz), and you want to make sure fans always keep you fresh on their minds.”

    Thomson, who knocked Diaz out in highlight-reel fashion at UFC on FOX 7, is aware that such a decision could cost him the opportunity he’s been chasing since he started fighting 12 years ago. He was given the title shot when Canadian T.J. Grant withdrew from UFC on FOX 9 due to lingering effects from a concussion suffered in training. A loss to Henderson certainly would extend his road to the sport’s most prestigious belt.

    But Thomson feels he would be in the sport for the wrong reasons if he put accolades above his passion.

    “I know I waited my whole career to fight for that belt, but I don’t want to waste 10 months,” he said. “That would be almost a year and a half of wasting and sitting on the sidelines and not fighting. I got into this sport to fight.

    “And yeah, I could be pissing away my dreams, but I still love fighting. I love doing this. If I waited for 10 months, I probably wouldn’t be at the gym; I’d probably be laying back and sitting around. This is something I definitely enjoy doing.”

    Pettis hopes to return to the cage in July and has signaled his desire to face Diaz as his next opponent. And while Thomson obviously would rather his next fight be against the champ, he joked that Diaz, who’s griped about his loss in interviews, might not be a bad idea.

    “Maybe Nate again,” he said. “I could use a payday.”
  • 12-05-2013, 05:44 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ckauffman28 View Post
    Pettis always has been injury prone... at 167 he was walking normal though
    You can walk straight forward perfectly fine with a torn ligament or cartilage after time has passed. Running, lateral movements, and getting kicked in the legs by trained killers are a different story than simply walking.
  • 12-05-2013, 10:00 AM
    Pettis always has been injury prone... at 167 he was walking normal though
  • 12-05-2013, 09:43 AM
    Not now, but who knows how the division will look when he comes back.

    Seems like a perfect time for an arbitrary interim title.
  • 12-05-2013, 09:38 AM
  • 11-23-2013, 10:31 AM
    Thomson / Vendor seems like a strange matchup, moreso if it has #1 contender implications.

    The #1 contender should be the winner of Numagmedov / Dos Anjos.

    Vendor should have been matched up with Varner.

    Thomson should have been matched up with Cowboy.
  • 11-22-2013, 03:47 PM
    Pettis owes Dana the UFC and Thomson not to have the surgery and fight!!!
  • 11-22-2013, 02:57 PM
    Josh Thomson 'confused' over Anthony Pettis' 'pointless' knee surgery

    "My focus really was the title, and it sucks that it happened the way it did, especially given that it was a PCL injury. I've gone through that same injury myself, and I fought that third fight with Gilbert with a torn PCL, which is why I'm kind of confused as to why Pettis is not fighting. I feel that it's something you can work through, and there's not very much they can do for it. I've talked to some of the best doctors and surgeons, and they've said trying to repair a PCL is kind of pointless. Rest and letting it heal is the best way to deal with it. I still fought with mine torn, and it happened the week before the fight. The most upsetting thing for me is that the title opportunity has been taken away. It's just sad. I'm just hoping I get the win over Benson and that Anthony recovers soon so we can fight."
  • 11-22-2013, 09:43 AM
    Pettis: I'd have no problem fighting BJ Penn

    “I think it’s going to hurt him to cut to 145,” Pettis said of the ex-champ’s impending move to featherweight opposite ex-champ Frankie Edgar. “B.J. is one of the guys that I look up to. If a fight ever did happen, it would be an honor to fight him. It’s B.J. Penn – he’s one of the best lightweights of all time. I have no problem with fighting him.”

    The question now is who has dibs. Grant was widely thought to be the first in line before UFC President Dana White said he might need to fight again before getting the title shot promised him. Aldo, Thomson, Diaz and Penn are booked. Melendez is the only one with a clear schedule.

    “I think the division needs some time to play out,” Pettis said. “When I was coming up for a title shot, there were so many No. 1 contenders I couldn’t get a title fight. Now, there’s really no clear No. 1 contenders.”

    Pettis, though, is happy the UFC decided against putting an interim title up for grabs, as they recently did in the bantamweight and welterweight divisions.

    “I don’t want any interim champ getting created,” he said. “I don’t want there to be any confusion about who’s the best in the world at 155, so my whole thing is get the surgery, move past it, and move forward.
  • 11-20-2013, 11:21 PM
    Anthony Pettis to undergo surgery for injured knee

    Sidelined UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will undergo surgery to repair his injured left knee, according to a report from Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's UFC Tonight.

    The decision comes on the advice of specialists following extensive deliberation since Pettis withdrew from a planned December 14 title defense against former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson earlier this month.

    Pettis, 26, suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee midway through his belt-winning performance against Benson Henderson at UFC 164. The injury is unrelated to the left knee injury that kept Pettis out of a featherweight title bout against Jose Aldo in August.

    Pettis is slated to undergo surgery on Dec. 12 in Los Angeles, CA. A timetable for his return is unknown at this time, though Pettis guarantees to be back in action by summer 2014. Depending on the severity of the injury, PCL reconstructions generally require upwards of a six to nine month recovery period.
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