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UFC 164 Update: TJ Grant Injured, Anthony Pettis in to Rematch Benson Henderson

In a fight fans have wanted for quite some time, Anthony Pettis will fill in for the injured TJ Grant to challenge Benson Henderson’s lightweight championship at UFC 164.

 

By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

 

Anthony Pettis will finally get his UFC title shot, and rematch, against current UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson.  Pettis will be filling in for TJ Grant, Henderson’s original opponent, at UFC 164 on August 31.

 

Pettis has been in the process of finding his next opponent after having to pull out of a featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 due to a torn meniscus.  He recently talked about returning to face Josh Thomson, at which time he stated that he has returned to training this week.

 

TJ Grant released via Twitter the nature of his injury.  He suffered a concussion, and the lightweight fighter was quick to dispel any rumors of conspiracy.

 

Thanks everyone for your concerns,” Grant wrote.  “I am healing from a concussion I suffered in BJJ of all things.  I hope to be back training very soon.”

 

Sorry all you conspiracy theorists,” he posted later.  “@danawhite / @ufc did not and could not pay me any amount of money to step aside.”

 

Anthony Pettis is coming off three consecutive wins, the last two of which were impressive first-round knockouts of Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone.  Following both KO victories, Pettis put himself at the top of the list to fight Henderson, but had not been able to secure that bout.

 

Benson Henderson won the UFC lightweight title from Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, and he has successfully defended it three times: first to Edgar in an immediate rematch, then to Nate Diaz, and most recently to former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez.  After each victory, Henderson mentioned Pettis as a potential next challenger, due to his impressive wins of late and their previous fight.

 

At WEC 53, Pettis and Henderson faced off in what was named fight of the night, and later, fight of the year.  Pettis would win  a unanimous decision, landing one of the most memorable head-kicks in MMA history.

 

UFC 164 will be held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, Saturday, August 31.  In addition to the much-anticipated rematch between Henderson and Pettis, the card will feature Frank Mir as he welcomes Josh Barnett back to the UFC.  The UFC has yet to announce the bout order or the broadcast network for preliminary fights, though the main card will be Pay-Per-View.

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16 Comments to UFC 164 Update: TJ Grant Injured, Anthony Pettis in to Rematch Benson Henderson

  1. Steven Thurman says:

    Pettis FTW. ‘Nuff said.

    • GOT RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Pettis lost to Guida who sucks and now he doesn’t deserve any of these bullshit gifted title shots he has been handed. Pettis got manhandled by stephens and Guida and basically Pettis is 2-2 since coming to the UFC. WOW Pettis has (ONE) top 10 win big fuck’ing deal. Pettis should have had to fight Guida again before ever getting a shot at Also. Mendes. Edgar, would school Pettis at 145 all the would have to do is put him on his back for the entire fight like Guida did. Pettis is very one0dimentiol and has some serious holes in his game compared to all the TRUE top contenders. Bendo will school Pettis just wait and see

  2. Ddddddd says:

    Awesome.

  3. confucius says:

    exactly what dana was secretly hoping to happen

  4. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this match-up! :D

  5. magoo says:

    That sucks Grant got injured, Should be a great tilt though!

  6. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    So let’s see here. Pettis is too hurt to fight Aldo at 163 but is good to go for 164 28 days later???!! OK, who smells fish?? Good now its time for Bendo to send this kid back to 45.

    • Steven Thurman says:

      I smell fish, but I think its the slut down the room from me who forgot to close her legs. =/

    • KIDD433 says:

      Back to 145?He hasn’t fought at 145 yet dumbass

      • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

        Are you so stupid I need to explain EVERYTHING to you?? Let’s see if I can dumb it down for your pea brain…..Was he or was he not slated to fight Aldo at 45??? Yes, then when Bendo beats him at 55 he can GO BACK TO 45 and get slated to fight there so he might win a title at 45 since he lost at 55!! Does that work for you….smh…

  7. KIDD433 says:

    I saw this coming.but from what I last heard was Pettis wouldn’t be medically cleared to be on the Milwaukee card either.This is a mean match up, but I’d hate to see Pettis rush into a fight early and make his injury worse, or not to compete at 100%.He should rehab fully and not rush into it. A knee isn’t something you take lightly.

  8. #DjGonz says:

    Benson Henderson Vs TJ Grant Would Been a Boring Ass Fight/HumpFest Anthony Pettis Is Going To Win This Fight Guaranteed By Decision Or KO!!! #WarPettis

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