When Anthony Pettis popped his knee, he had to remove himself from his upcoming featherweight title shot. The decision to pull out of fighting Jose Aldo left Pettis shaken, according to his manager Duke Roufus.
“He’s very distraught,” said Roufus to MMA Fighting. “Anthony is a very resilient man. He just wants to regroup right now. What can you do? You can dwell on the negative or figure out a way to past this and get better.”
The doctors described the injury as a torn meniscus. Surgery is not required, though it will take four to six weeks for the knee to heal.
Pettis just successfully returned to the UFC following a year of inactivity due to nagging injuries. He finished Donald Cerrone with a Knockout of the Night kick at UFC on FOX 6.
Aldo still defends his belt at UFC 163, now against Chan Sung Jung.