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Monday, 06/17/2013, 12:06 pm

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.”


5 Responses to “Pettis Wants TJ Grant To Step Aside So He Can Face Benson Henderson”

  1. magoo says:

    What’s up with this guy? I wanna see Grant vs Benson personally! you can’t just decide who your gonna fight and where! You got hurt dude that’s life now sit back and watch the fights and wait to see who you may or may not fight next .

  2. That crap worked for him getting the Aldo fight... says:

    ..but shouldn’t work this time. Don’t matter where the fight is held–Milwaukee, Vegas, Sahara desert, your fight will come dude. Grant earned it by beating Maynard. Grant didn’t get injured. Grant didn’t take a fight in the interim and LOSE! Pettis gotta wait. That’s all there is to it.

    • Nate "THE CHEAT" Marquardt (SUCKS) says:

      I agree Pettis doesn’t deserve to cut in front of Grant. I mean 3-1 since coming to UFC and a LOSS to Guida who sucks.

      Any top wrestler could beat Pettis with right gameplan. Mendes at 145lbs would be a horrible matchup for Pettis

  3. GRT 3000 says:

    I think most fans wanna see this fight, but not at the expense of TJ losing his hard earned shot. Pettis needs to take his lumps, nurse that knee, and quit trying to piss on the dreams of other (in line) UFC fighters.

  4. Nate "THE CHEAT" Marquardt (SUCKS) says:

    Maybe if Pettis could stay healthy for more than (ONE) fight in a row. The kid is awesome there is no denying that and I enjoy watching fight as much as the next guy but lets be real here, he either needs better trainers or he needs to scale back the intensity of his training because he is obviously over training. Besides Pettis has only won 3 fights and has LOSS against Guida where as Bendo is 7-0 in that same time span since they both came to the UFC. Pettis trainers may want to sneak into Bendo’s camp and see why he has been able to stay healthy for 7 fights and Pettis has only been able to make it to 4 fights same time ROIDY MacDonald has the exact same problem.

    I understand I was that age once my self and there is an over abundance of testosterone on tap at all times and these talented fighters need COMPETENT trainers to keep them in check

    Now with ROIDY Macdonald I think his body can’t handle all the PED’s that is ONLINE with TRISTAR way of doing things and he is going to have a shorter career because of it. I don’t know one MMA fan in my circle of say 80 plus guys I work with and hang with that aren’t 100% convinced that GSP has been on massive amounts of PED’s, HGH, EPO’s, synthetic testosterone as well as Victor Conte designer steroids (UN-DETECTABLE) and if anyone can afford blood doping its GSP. I mean its obvious the UFC knows he needs to only fight in Canada (NO PED TESTING) his entire career and that is why now that he is over 30 his body is falling apart.

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