Benson Henderson Willing To Fight Pettis If UFC Wants It
Benson Henderson is currently set to defend his lightweight strap against the fast-rising wrecking machine TJ Grant at UFC 164 in Milwaukee this August, and with the news of Anthony Pettis lobbying for a spot on the UFC 164 card, the champ recently addressed the possiblility of Grant being replaced by “Showtime” Pettis.
UFC 164 is set to take place August 30 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is the stomping grounds of Anthony Pettis, and home to his longtime team Roufusport. Pettis was already scheduled to make his featherweight debut and challenge José Aldo for the title at UFC 163 in Rio on August 3rd, but Pettis was forced to pull out with a torn meniscus last week, and was replaced by Chan Sung Jung. Since the unfortunate announcement of Anthony’s injury, both Duke Roufus and Pettis have said publicly that “Showtime” would like nothing more than to fight at UFC 164 in his hometown. On the other hand, UFC President Dana White does not feel Pettis will be fully healed in time to even be on the card.
Amid all the talk of Pettis potentially getting a spot on the UFC 164 card, fans and media alike wondered what that meant for TJ Grant. Before requesting the bout with Aldo, Pettis was widely considered the next in line for a crack at Benson Henderson, following the impressive stoppage of Donald Cerrone. If Pettis does get moved to the UFC 164 card, will he step in front of TJ Grant and cut back in line for a shot at the title? We all know sometimes the rightful no. 1 contender gets snubbed for a more marketable match-up, and while the case can be made for either fighter to face the champ, we would think Benson wants the opportunity to settle the score with Pettis, who was the last man to defeat Henderson in the WEC.
Instead, Benson says he doesnt have a preference, telling MMAFighting.com, “As I’ve always said, I don’t care who I fight or when I fight them. I’m going to do what I always do, which is continue training to be the best in the world. I’ll just fight and let the others worry about talking their way into fights.” Smooth answer from the lightweight champ.
UFC 164 is currently being billed with the headliner of Henderson vs Grant, so for the time being we can assume that the main event will stay as is, but we all know how quickly things can change in the world of MMA.
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