UFC President Dana White was a guest on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday fight and relayed the following information about newly crowned Lightweight Champion, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Unfortunately, Pettis suffered an injury to his knee during the 1st and only round of his victory over Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC 164 this past weekend. According to Dana White, Pettis will be out approx. 2 months and will defend the title against #1 contender T.J. Grant. According to The UFC President, if Pettis defends the title against Grant, it is a possibility Pettis could drop to 145lbs and also challenge for Jose Aldo’s title. Below are quotes from Dana White about the pre mentioned topics during his SportsCenter Appearance.
“It’s a [posterior cruciate ligament] sprain — a Grade 2 sprain…He’s got [a lateral collateral ligament] strain, but there are no major tears and he will be back in seven to eight weeks.
“He’ll have seven to eight weeks of therapy and then he will fight TJ Grant in his first defense.”
White said that if Pettis is successful in his first title defense, Aldo (23-1) could be next.
“TJ Grant earned the shot; he gets the next shot. If Pettis defends the title and gets that win, we’ll probably be looking at Aldo next.”