Making an appearance on UFC Tonight, our own Ariel Helwani reports UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is looking to return to action for the 4th of July weekend. The holiday typically coincides with one of the UFC's largest events held each year in Las Vegas.
Team Anthony Pettis tells me they are targeting a return on the July 5 card. For the record, Pettis is picking Bendo. #ufctonight— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 23, 2014
Pettis was slated to make the first defense of his title to Josh Thomson Dec. 14, 2013 at UFC on FOX 9, but was forced to withdraw after suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament four weeks prior. Before taking the lightweight strap from Benson Henderson at UFC 164 last August, Pettis was also pulled from a featherweight title bout with champion Jose Aldo. In that instance, Pettis suffered a slight tear to his meniscus little more than two weeks until fight night.
Also appearing on the program, Cedars-Sinai Medical Group orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Klapper spoke with Kenny Florian about some of the more threatening injuries around the UFC. Regarding Pettis' prognosis, the physician didn't sound optimistic on a July return.
"In my opinion, this is about the toughest thing you can come back for," says Klapper. "Of all the injuries that can happen to a knee, when you're talking about the ACL or the meniscus, these are the structures in the front. It's easy for us as surgeons to get there. When you're talking about the back of the knee, where the arteries and nerves are, a much trickier area to get to, the results are not as terrific as they are with the structures we rebuild in the front. I would pray for him. Coming back in July? That's really optimistic."
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Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) January 22, 2014
The years have been kind.
Get well soon.
Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) January 22, 2014
1st day back to team training yesterday and I partially separate a rib. I guess it is time for me to be coaching lol— Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) January 22, 2014
Cody Donovan (@donnybrookcody) January 22, 2014
Glad I still had this Bone Stimulator to accelerate bone growth from my last broken hand http://t.co/ge6ESaDcom— Cole Miller (@colemillerATT) January 22, 2014
@bisping please do your very best to pass your eye exam.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 23, 2014
Please and thank you.
Like @MetamorisPro tournaments.Interesting, have they place for me on next event?— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 22, 2014
Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) January 23, 2014
Chris Indich (@IndichMMA) January 23, 2014
There goes my bait and switch plan.
Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) January 23, 2014
Maybe on a mail order bride?
Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) January 22, 2014
I'll take your word for it.
This is how I feel about the weather in Chicago pic.twitter.com/rP6KgxfCrj— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) January 22, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
When I look at what the UFC presented for its last 5 editions of UFC on FOX, I'm a little let down by what is being presented. I'm not upset with the main event of Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson. It should be a fun and engaging affair between two well-rounded savvy veterans. But I look at what is happening a week later and see that two title fights are happening at UFC 169... and wonder why the Jose Aldo-Ricardo Lamas bout couldn't have headlined this card. But to be totally honest, that isn't what is irking me. I'd have to say the letdown of the co-main event as well as the rest of the main card. We go from match-ups in this spot like Frank Mir-Daniel Cormier, Rory MacDonald-Jake Ellenberger, and Urijah Faber-Michael McDonald to Gabriel Gonzaga-Stipe Miocic? And Adriano Martins did have an impressive debut... but to jump from Facebook prelims against Daron Cruickshank to a FOX main card against Donald Cerrone?
I'll digress. Though the importance of the matches isn't up to the usual FOX standards, explosive violence is to be expected from these fights. The only main card fight with serious potential to be a dud is if Darren Elkins implements his lay and prey style in the opener against Jeremy Stephens. Not to be rooting against Elkins, but I don't think its necessary for me to say no one outside of his fight team is hoping for that. Sergio Pettis (yes, lightweight champ Anthony's little bro) follows up his debut and bantamweight headhunter Eddie Wineland make appearances on the undercard as well and its quite common for their opponents to be taking naps shortly after meeting up with them. There is no reason that I shouldn't be happy after this card. I really should stop bitching about such things.
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