Pettis Wants TJ Grant To Step Aside So He Can Face Benson Henderson
Anthony Pettis wants to leapfrog to yet another title shot opportunity.
The highly-entertaining Pettis was set to drop from lightweight to featherweight to take on UFC champion Jose Aldo before a knee injury put an end to their scheduled UFC 163 headliner.
So now Pettis wants to return to 155 and take on champion Benson Henderson.
The only problem with that is T.J. Grant is set to face Henderson at UFC 164, which takes place Aug. 31., four weeks after Pettis’ planned fight with Aldo. Part of Pettis’ motivation for asking for the Henderson fight is that UFC 164 will be hosted in Milwaukee, which is ‘Showtime’s’ home base.
“I can be 100 percent ready to fight Benson Henderson in Milwaukee,” Pettis said in a statement issued to FUEL TV’s post-UFC 161 show. “With all due respect to T.J. Grant, Milwaukee is my town, and the fight with Ben is the fight everyone has wanted for years.”
UFC President Dana White doesn’t feel that Pettis could be ready to fight.
“He talked to a doctor, and the doctor said he’s out for a good six weeks, and he needs a good (physical) therapist, and he needs to get his knee back,” White told MMA Junkie. “That’s what a doctor said. He talked to a therapist in Milwaukee who told him three weeks. I could give a s–t what the therapist in Milwaukee thinks; I’m listening to the doctor. And I’m going to fly him out to Las Vegas to see Dr. (Steven) Saunders, too, for a second opinion.”
White said he’s open to Pettis fighting the Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung winner or the Henderson vs. Grant winner.
“He’s definitely in line (at featherweight), but we’ll see what happens,” White said. “He could do either – he could fight Aldo or he could fight the winner of [Henderson] and T.J. Grant.”