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Anthony Pettis Out of UFC on FOX 9 Main Event With Knee Injury; Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 Named as New Headliner
Over the weekend, UFC president Dana White revealed that lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had suffered a knee injury in training, but was still expected to defend his belt against Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on FOX 9 (December 14th, Sacramento). “He’s going to fight,” White said. “For sure.”
Well, not really. UFC officials announced last night that Pettis has pulled out of the match. We have no details on the nature or severity of Showtime’s injury at this time, or if it’s related to the knee injury that pushed Pettis out of UFC 163 back in June. We’ll keep you posted.
The UFC plans to re-book Pettis vs. Thomson when the champ is recovered, but you never know with these things. Thomson was already the second choice for Pettis’s UFC on FOX 9 opponent after TJ Grant had to stay sidelined due to concussion. If Grant is healthy by the time Pettis is, the UFC might just do Pettis vs. Grant like they had originally planned. Meanwhile, Josh Thomson’s immediate future is in limbo, and the famously cursed fighter just saw the biggest opportunity of his career go up in smoke. [Ed. note: We'll start working on his illustrated timeline.]
Pettis’s injury has led to new main events for two upcoming cards…
— UFC on FOX 9 will now be headlined by the flyweight title fight rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, which was originally scheduled to headline the TUF 18 Finale on November 30th.
— The TUF 18 Finale rubber-match between Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will now serve as that event’s headliner. Due to the relative short-notice of the switch, the match will remain scheduled for three rounds.
Anthony Pettis‘ first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title defense was schedule for December 14 against Josh Thomson on Fox at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The qualifier being “was” as late Sunday (Nov. 10, 2013) night, it was announced that Pettis will not be able to defend his belt in December.
Pettis defeated Benson Henderson at UFC 164 to become the new lightweight champion. It was a rematch from their bout at WEC 53 for Henderson’s World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight belt. Following UFC Fight Night 32, UFC President Dana White told media that Pettis was injured, but he was expected to still fight Thomson.
According to Fox Sports, that is not the case.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 11, 2013
Pettis may be one of the most dynamic fighters on the UFC’s roster, but he’s also one of the most injury prone. The good news is that this may be a blessing in disguise for the UFC. As a member of Sacramento-based Team Alpha Male, Benavidez is something of a hometown draw.
And with UFC on Fox 10 planned for Chicago in 2014, having Pettis on the card could possibly bring a record turn out.
Anthony Pettis‘ first title defense has been put on hold.
The UFC lightweight champion won’t square off against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9 on Dec. 14 because he has suffered a knee injury, according to a report on FOX Sports Live on Sunday night.
The Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 fight was supposed to be the main event for the TUF 18 Finale on Nov. 30.
It is unknown what’s next for Thomson or how long Pettis will be out at this time.
It didn’t take long to find someone willing to step up and meet Sergio Pettis.
The news that Vaughan Lee had to pull out of his UFC 167 fight with Pettis had barely settled in when veteran Will Campuzano took to Twitter to say he’s taking the spot in the bantamweight bout on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.
Pettis, the 20-year-old younger brother of UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, brings a 9-0 record into his much-hyped UFC debut. He’s got three submissions and three knockouts among his nine wins and held the RFA flyweight title.
Campuzano, meanwhile, brings a 13-4 record into his second UFC stint. The Texan went 1-2 in the WEC as an undersized bantamweight and the 0-2 in the UFC in 2010-11. Since then, he’s gone 5-0, including a knockout victory over highly regarded flyweight prospect Josh Sampo.
Lee had to pull out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury.
Referees in professional mixed martial arts contests have the job of enforcing the rules of the contest and keeping the fighters safe. That often means saving them from themselves. Sometimes, however, that job falls on the hurt fighter’s benevolent opponent.
As we all now know, Pettis was able to snatch the title away from Henderson with a sensational firs-round armbar, but it wasn’t referee Herb Dean who called the contest off. The decision to end the contest was made by the competitor’s themselves.
“The reason why I stopped is because I felt two pops,” Pettis told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. “I felt his arm pop twice and I was face down and Henderson was face down also between my legs. So, that’s why Herb Dean probably didn’t hear it, but I felt two pops.
“I felt the first pop and I knew that one wasn’t going to be enough to make him quit and once he belly downed on me, I sunk it in deep and I felt a second pop and he went into panic mode and said ‘Tap, tap tap!’ a couple of times. You know me, I just let it go and it was done there.”
Pettis believes Henderson’s arm ‘was done’ and that it’s in everyone’s best interest the fight didn’t continue. Had they stood up at some point, the new UFC lightweight champion is certain Henderson wouldn’t have been able to use it for either blocking kicks and punches or anything offensive.
As everyone saw, there were no protests from the Henderson camp when it was all said and done. Pettis believes this comes not just from an understanding from Henderson that he lost, but because they have enough respect for each other.
“Me and Ben, we both respect each other,” Pettis says. “We’re not friends. We’ll probably never be friends. We’ll probably fight each other again, but we both respect each other enough to give credit and where credit is due.
In fact, Henderson went so far as to tell Pettis later what he thought of the tough first-round submission.
UFC Booking Update: Sergio Pettis vs. Vaughan Lee Confirmed for UFC 167, Leites Replaces Natal Against Herman
(Sergio Pettis, shown here with the third Pettis brother nobody ever talks about. / Photo via Sherdog)
UFC officials have confirmed that the promotion’s new undefeated bantamweight acquisition Sergio Pettis will make his Octagon debut at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks (November 16th, Las Vegas) against Vaughan Lee, who you may remember from such blog posts as “Why the hell is Urijah Faber fighting Vaughan Lee?” (Luckily, that wacky matchup was just a rumor.) Lee most recently lost to Raphael Assunção by submission in June, dropping his UFC record to 2-3. But he did once win a Submission of the Night bonus for armbarring Kid Yamamoto at UFC 144. That’s not nothin’.
As for Pettis, he’ll be hunting for his 10th consecutive win overall, and his fourth of 2013. The 20-year-old “Phenom” may have been a terror on the regional circuit, but those first-time Octagon jitters can be tough on anyone. In other UFC 167 news…
Before he was drafted to play the role of Foreign Bad Guy #1 opposite Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight for the Troops 3, Rafael Natal was scheduled to take on fellow middleweight Ed Herman on the “St. Pierre vs. Hendricks” prelims. Luckily, the UFC has found a replacement opponent for Herman, who will be staying on the UFC 167 card against veteran grappler Thales Leites.
Herman’s most recent appearance netted him a split-decision win against Trevor Smith at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Moraga in July — his first win since February 2012. Leites was also victorious in his last UFC appearance, winning a unanimous decision against Tom Watson in his Octagon return at UFC 163 in August. Leites is on a four-fight win streak overall, including submission wins against Matt Horwich and Tor Troeng