UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is facing a significant layoff after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in training. The champ originally injured the ligament defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 164, but caused further damage training for his UFC on FOX 9 bout with Josh Thomson. The UFC’s Ariel Helwani spoke about the injury on last night’s UFC Tonight.
“He partially tore his PCL when he fought Benson Henderson. He’s completely tore his PCL in training recently. He’s gone to see three different doctors, and he’s still going to see one more to determine if he needs surgery. If he doesn’t, he’ll be out for eight weeks, but if he does, he’ll be out for four to six months. He could be out for a long time.”
The PCL is one of the four major ligaments that makes up the knee and runs behind – or posterior – the more well-known anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Both ACL and PCL injuries can be difficult for a fighter to bounce back from depending upon the amount of other damage in the knee. Pettis is expected to find out soon whether he will need surgery or not.