Pettis injured, out of December title defense

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Unfortunately, UFC champion Anthony Pettis suffered a knee injury that will force him out of scheduled December 15th title defense. With Pettis out, the UFC had to scramble to move fights around to fight a new main event for the UFC on FOX 9:

For a time, Nate Diaz spoke about bowing out of the Nov. 30 Ultimate Fighter Finale event in favor of his 10-year high school reunion. As it turns out, choosing the future over the past was the right decision for Diaz, whose fight with Gray Maynard has been bumped to headliner status after several changes in the UFC calendar.

Diaz-Maynard II replaces the originally intended main event of Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez, a flyweight title match which has been shifted to Dec. 14 in order to headline that show.

The fight, first reported on Sunday’s edition of FOX Sports Live, will be contested as a three-rounder as a concession to the limited preparation time remaining. 

That move was necessitated by a knee injury to lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, who was forced out of a match with Josh Thomson.

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