About the only thing that has been able to slow Anthony Pettis down over the years is his body.
Pettis, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, suffered a sprained knee during his recent win over Benson Henderson. He will defend his title in December against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9.
For “Showtime,” he was able to avoid any surgery this time on the injured ligament.
“Just a lot of therapy,” he said, during a recent press conference, “getting it ready for December. The last month I’ve spent just getting back to normal. Rehab, taking it easy until the start of this camp.”
Following an extended break, Pettis was set to face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title. He injured his other knee in training for that fight, and was moved to a title-contest with Henderson instead.
Despite the injury, he didn’t want to stay on the sidelines long.
“My main goal is to be active,” Pettis said. “After I fought Henderson, I decided to take a fight right away.
“Fighting Josh, we were going to fight before I signed the Henderson fight. There was a little trash talking done. Now, I am gonna set out to do what I said I would do and that’s finish these guys in the first round.”