Time to worry? Hurt but not injured Anthony Pettis on the mend after third knee injury

I stubbed my toe so bad once, I had a limp all day. That’s called getting hurt.

Fox Sports reports that Anthony Pettis has been under the evaluation of orthopedic Dr. Steven Sanders of Bone & Joint Specialists following a knee injury. Initial indications are the injury is not sever and surgery is not required.

What does it all mean?

Code yellow. Pettis is apparently healthy enough to defend his belt against Josh Thomson in December. This appears to be more precautionary than serious. This is, however, his third knee injury in half a year. As any athlete can attest, knees are as essential to performance as your brain (though some athletes wouldn’t contend a brain matters). Not toe mention, aesthetically, visiting a doctor at a clinic called the Bone & Joint Specialists is concerning.

Pettis entered the promotion as the Strikeforce lightweight champion but it took him three years to capture the UFC title. A debut loss to Clay Guida followed by a shelved 2012 due to a serious series of shoulder injuries largely contributed to scuttling his initial title chances. It took a text message to Dana White begging for a shot at Jose Aldo for Pettis to get within reach of title gold. He was then forced out of the fight by a knee injury.

The missed title fight with Aldo hardly mattered as Pettis recuperated in time to get an immediate shot at lightweight champion Benson Henderson barely a month later in which he reportedly aggravated his knee.

Knee, knee, knee.

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