UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has not fought since August of last year. Although he says he could be ready to fight by August, after recovering from a torn PCL, Pettis has committed to coaching a team full of strikers at TUF 20. It will be 16 months between fights.
That has lead some lightweights, most notably Benson Henderson, to start talking about an interim championship bout.
Pettis is amused.
"I think it's funny," said Pettis as transcribed by Shaun Al-Shatti. "I beat Ben twice. Like, why is he even saying that? If he wants to consider himself the interim champ, we all know who the real champ is, so he can keep saying that. They're all pleading their case. They all want a title shot. Honestly, Ben is a great fighter. He's a great guy. I mean, I like the guy, it's just, I think I got his number.
"Ben is one of the best lightweights in the world. I'm just better. He won a belt in WEC. I took that away from him. He won the belt in UFC. I took that away from him.
"I beat him twice. So it makes it that much harder to hear him say anything."
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