UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis is no stranger to injury, spending the majority of 2012 rehabbing various nagging pains.
Now, with news that his UFC on FOX 9 title defense against Josh Thomson was postponed, it seemed Pettis would have to take another break. The full extent of this injury wasn’t yet known, however, as most thought it would be a quick turnaround after a brief break.
Instead, Pettis could be out for up to six months if surgery on a torn PCL is deemed necessary. Knee injuries are often the bane of an athlete’s career as is the case with Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, both of whom received a revolutionary treatment to correct the problem.
Taking his place in the main event will be Demetrious Johnson as he defends his flyweight title against Joseph Benavidez in a rematch of their flyweight tournament finale.
Dr. Jon Gelber Weighs In:
PCL tears are a somewhat rare injury in sports, but seem to be more common in MMA and wrestling since guys often shoot-in to their opponent. This can cause what’s called a “dashboard” injury where the shinbone (tibia) is driven backwards causing damage to the posterior ligament of the knee (PCL). The vast majority can be treated without surgery with rest for only a few weeks at most. However, if more than one knee ligament is torn or there is a lot of instability, then surgery may be an option to reconstruct the PCL with a graft.
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