Anthony Pettis injured left knee in title win over Benson Henderson

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Hold up on the talk of a superfight between new UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr. for awhile. Or a rematch with former champion Benson Henderson, or, really, anyone else.

When asked about a potential Pettis-Aldo match at the UFC 164 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said Pettis suffered a knee injury during his title winning effort Saturday night against Henderson.

"Anthony's knee popped in the fight," White said. "So I don't know what's going to happen. No sense in even talking about another fight right now."

While Pettis injured the LCL in his right knee during training for a planned UFC 163 shot at Aldo's featherweight title, this time, it was the left knee which was injured.

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Pettis explained the situation after limping to the podium for the press conference at the Bradley Center.

"Henderson threw a kick and I went to check with my left leg, and he hit like right in the crook in the knee," Pettis said. "I felt it go back and forth and I stepped on it, it was hurting a lit bit, when he had me against the cage I was going to put my leg down because it was starting to lock up. I'm not sure what happened yet, I'll get an MRI. We'll see what happens."

Still, Pettis said he wouldn't let the injury put a damper on the biggest night of his career.

"When you fight the best in the world, things happen," Pettis said. "Ben Henderson was a champion for a reason. This guy is a true champion and a warrior. I wasn't expecting to come out of the fight untouched."

Meanwhile, even though we'll have to wait and find out the severity of Pettis' injury before we know how long it will be before the new champ can fight again, Pettis still wants a piece of Aldo.

"I'm here to prove I'm the best in the world," Pettis said. "Anybody around my weight class who's contemplating coming to 155 or even at 145. His coach said I faked an injury. I would never fake an injury, I'm not afraid to fight anybody. That's what this was all about. If he wants to fight me, let's make it happen."

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