UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was originally scheduled to defend his title next weekend at the UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento. Pettis unfortunately injured his knee and tonight told UFC Tonight that he will be out for six to eight months: “The doctor said six to eight months. I’m hoping six months, so hopefully I’ll be back for a July fight.”
Although the layoff will be the division on hold a bit, there should be no need for an interim champion. Originally scheduled to face TJ Grant, then Josh Thomson, there really will be no idea who the number one contender will be when Pettis returns.
Pettis does however have some ideas as to who he'd like to fight upon his return: "“Nate Diaz has been talking so much. He looked pretty decent in his last fight. I hope he works his way up and we get to fight.”