Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo was all scheduled to be your mini-super fight in the featherweight division at UFC 163. That was up until a knee injury forced Pettis from the showdown and right into rehab. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung bowed out of his UFC 162 match-up with Ricardo Lamas for top contender status to step up and take Pettis’ place.
When sherdog’s cameras caught up with Showtime after his brother’s bout at RFA 8, he explained how the injury occurred.
“I injured my knee, unfortunately, training in Brazil during the press conference. I was rolling with Phil Davis — went for a calf crusher position, he rolled the wrong way, my knee popped. I thought I was fine — got on the plane — eleven hour flight — get to Atlanta — and I can’t even walk, my knee’s swollen. I can barely feel that it hurts, only certain positions, like if I do turning motions, but I’m walking normal.”
Once Pettis was removed from the bout, he immediately began campaigning for a rematch with lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who was already booked to battle with T.J. Grant in Pettis’ hometown of Milwaukee WI., and as the last man to defeat Henderson in the WEC, it made perfect sense. But his offer was shut down when it was addressed that he must stay sidelined for a month-plus.
Where does Showtime go from here?