UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis wasn’t able to take on UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163 because of a knee injury, and although Pettis maintains that his knee was alright going into the fight former champion Benson Henderson, he admitted that he wasn’t 100% going into the UFC 164 bout with Henderson. Pettis explained that he had injured his shoulder a few weeks out from his fight Henderson while doing some groundwork with with his coach.
Pettis said on the MMAHour:
“You know what, my knee was fine, but I actually separated my shoulder two weeks before the Henderson fight. So, going into the fight I had a separated right shoulder. My jitz coach rolled a little too hard and he slammed me on my shoulder, and I separated my shoulder two weeks before the fight.
“The last two weeks before the camp all I could do was roll really light. I couldn’t spar. For me it was just a mental thing. I’ve been through that before. It sucks that it happened two before the fight, but I wasn’t backing out of that one.”
“No, not at all. I just told me coach I’m going to settle down the last two weeks. I mean, I had a super-long training camp. From February until August I was training and getting ready for title fights. So I was 100 percent ready, but things happen. Every fighter can tell you, you never go into a fight 100 percent healthy.”
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