The scheduled December 14th UFC Lightweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Josh Thomson has reportedly been postponed indefinitely due to a knee injury on the Champion, Pettis. The show will now be main-evented by the Flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavides, But the Lightweight division will have to wait and see when the Pettis-Thomson match will go forward, or if there will be another chance in plans.
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The problem with Pettis’ knee is a disturbing one. Earlier in the year, after taking out well regarded Donald Cerrone in definitive fashion, Pettis pulled out of a scheduled match for the Featherweight title against Jose Aldo with a knee injury.
Pettis raised eyebrows, especially those of Aldo’s coach Andre Perdernerais, when he signed seemingly too quickly for a Lightweight title bout in his hometown against Benson Henderson. Pettis went on to win that bout and the title, however he apparently did the fight without giving his knee time to heal and now the injury is popping up again.
First, Pettis needs to be given time to heal. Let him heal up, and in the meantime, take the top four contenders out there and fight them round robin. This wold result in some pretty good match ups. Benson Henderson vs Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson vs TJ Grant. Both Thomson and Grant have been inked to title fights that didn’t happen. If those matches get off, the UFC can pick between the two winners to see who will face Pettis next.
If Pettis has an extended time away, the UFC is unlikely to strip him (see Dominick Cruz). This would leave the winners of the above two fights to face off , possibly even for an interim title. Gilbert Melendez vs TJ Grant, or Ben Henderson vs Josh Thomson, really any combination of the men would result in a match worthy of an interim title.