Pettis injured, but title fight still on

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has suffered a knee
injury, although he is still expected to participate as the
headliner on the Dec. 14
UFC
On FOX 9
card against challenger Josh Thomson.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to FOX Sports on
Saturday after the
UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson
event.

“He’s going to fight,” White said. “For
sure.”

White did not specify Pettis’ injury, but said Pettis has
spent the last two days in Las Vegas, seeing Dr. Steven Sanders, an
orthopedist at Bone & Joint Specialists. After examining
Pettis, Sanders informed him that no surgery would be necessary to
address his problem.

Pettis has had knee trouble before,
missing a scheduled UFC 163 match with Jose
Ald
o. Instead, he moved to UFC 164 and
defeated Ben Henderson to win the belt. It is
unclear if the injury is a recurrence or something new.

The charismatic and popular 26-year-old champion is 17-2. The
UFC On FOX 9 would mark his first attempted title defense. Former
Strikeforce titleholder Thomson was moved into the slot after true
top contender T.J. Grant was ruled out due to lingering
concussion-related issues. Thomson knocked out Nate Diaz in his UFC
debut in April.