UFC president Dana White confirmed no ligament damage for new UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis late Tuesday night.
“Pettis has grade 2 sprain,” White posted on Twitter. “Needs to rehab and will be back in 7 weeks.”
Pettis defeated Benson Henderson this past weekend and complained of a knee issue following. It was earlier believed that he could be sidelined for an extended period.
The knee in question is not the same one “Showtime” injured earlier this month prior to his scheduled match with Jose Aldo. He is expected to face TJ Grant in his first title defense.
White also confirmed on a special appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that a win over Grant would set Pettis up for a title vs. title fight with Aldo.