UFC on Fox 9: Anthony Pettis Injury Forces Title Fight Postponement, Two Fight Cards Shuffled

November 11, 2013
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Anthony Pettis UFC 136An injury to Anthony Pettis has forced the UFC lightweight champion out of his Dec. 14 UFC on Fox 9 title defense against Josh Thomson, UFC officials announced on Sunday evening.

Pettis and Thomson will face each other at a later date, and the TUF 18 Finale flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez will move from that card to the UFC on Fox 9 card as the new headliner.

Pettis suffered a knee injury, but was still expected to participate on the Fox card, according to a Saturday night report from Fox Sports citing UFC president Dana White. The injury, however, has now been deemed serious enough to force the champion off the card, pushing the title defense back on the calendar.

With the Johnson vs. Benavidez 125-pound title fight being moved from the Nov. 30 card in Las Vegas, the lightweight match-up between Gray Maynard and Nate Diaz will move from the co-main event to headlining slot. Given the short notice, the Maynard-Diaz bout will remain three rounds. UFC main events are typically five-round fights.

No timeline was given for when and where the postponed Pettis vs. Thomson fight will take place. MMAWeekly.com will have more news on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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  • That’s the new headliner? Meh..

  • shakejunt

    jeremy stephens is still going to fight tonight

  • Jay Mcgarrity

    Could’ve sworn I just read that Pettis is injured but Dana White assures us he will still fight. One day later, Anthony Pettis out.

  • Kris-tyahn

    Pettis’s new nickname should be “bandaid”. Love him as a fighter, but this guy gets injured more times than he fights!

  • greaseygranny

    I bet Josh Thomson was the fight that Dana recently offered Nick Diaz. Diaz turned it down….

    • drkdisciple

      I know Nick made weight in the past but I have serious doubts that he could make 155 right now.

    • Miller037

      i take it you didnt read the article because he offered diaz, bisping

      • David Huenecke

        He offered bisping to diaz awhil ago and diaz turned he down. He offered him a new opponent,they claim last week, and he turned ir down. Dana wouldnt say who it was though.

  • Timothy Malone

    Pettis vs Thomson better still be on a free card!

    • Maddawgmar

      I agree, I wouldn’t pay to see them two fight.

      Not that I pay to see any fight, that’s what bars are for.

  • Kenny Powers

    When you train to be as good as Anthony Pettis, it’s not surprising how much he gets injured. I just hope he doesn’t get anymore serious problems.

  • solo

    It still remains a great card. It sucks that it happened, but we still got Condit vs Brown, McDonald vs Faber, we got Mendes vs Lentz, Joe Lauzon, Edson Barboza, Kelvin Gastelum is on the card… i mean woow. And what a great news for flyweights, to be shifted from tuf finale to Fox. Good for them. Great promotion for the smallest class once again.

  • Guest

    Awesome! Now we get to see a great flyweight fight of 2 midgets running away from each over for 5 rounds and hitting each other with girl strikes.

    • shakejunt

      i see you’ve put a lot of thought into this response