“I can understand how people would take that, but no, I don’t have anything bad to say against Pettis. I’m not taking shots.’Shots fired, shots fired.’ I’m not taking shots at Anthony Pettis or anything like that. Truly, the belt is not being defended as many times as the it had been previously. If the belt is not being defended as it has been previously. I would like to offer an opening to all comers, since I’m the next highest rated guy, if you so chose to fight for the belt. I’m here and I am presenting myself as willing and able. Khabilov asked to fight me; hats off to him, he’s a great guy and all that, that was a great job of him going out there and try to climb the ladder by challenging the next best guy. The guy highest up on the ladder. I don’t know if he truly thought I was going to accept or if he was doing it for the sake of doing it. Yeah, if the belt is not being defended as many times as it can be or normally is, then yeah, I will take on all the next top contenders. Eventually, if you keep on fighting and winning, you’re going to fight for the belt. No matter what, period. It might take a year, two or three, but if you keep winning, you are going to fight for the belt. That being said, if you think you ready for the belt, a title shot, come do it with me, let’s find out.”
While the UFC’s lightweight belt is on ice, former champ Benson Henderson shared his solution to ‘The MMA Hour‘ this past Monday.