UFC doctor benches Anthony Pettis for six weeks for knee injury, but 'Showtime' escapes without surgery

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Pettis was hoping he could return from his knee injury in just three weeks. Unfortunately, the UFC doctor he was instructed to see does not agree.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight (and featherweight) contender, Anthony Pettis, was hoping to make his Octagon return against Ben Henderson in the main event of UFC 164, after a physical therapist told "Showtime" he could be ready for battle just three weeks after tearing his meniscus.

UFC President Dana White was not convinced.

White instructed Pettis to meet with a UFC-approved doctor in Las Vegas, who promptly informed the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion that he would indeed be on the shelf for at least six weeks, making a "Smooth" rematch on Aug. 31 in Milwaukee, impossible, according to MMA Fighting.

T.J. Grant can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Pettis, who by his own admission has the "worst luck," was already in line for a crack at the 145-pound crown against Jose Aldo at UFC 163, which takes place on Aug. 17, 2013 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the untimely injury, Chan Sung Jung was pulled from UFC 162 and delivered to "Junior."

See how the entire mess unfolded here.

As a result, Ricardo Lamas has no one to fight, and neither does Pettis. I suppose they could bang it out when "Showtime" is feeling better, but the Duke Roufus-trained striker is likely going to wait for the next title shot at lightweight, something he already had before getting antsy and dropping to 145 pounds.

With all that moving and shaking, there have been a handful of line up changes to UFC 162 and 163. Get up to date on the current fight cards and rumors for both events by clicking here and here.

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