Pettis wants Grant’s lightweight title shot versus Henderson
Anthony Pettis was guaranteed a lightweight title shot, but in lieu of waiting it out he took a featherweight title shot versus Jose Aldo at UFC 162. Now that a knee injury has sidelined him for that bout, he would like his original lightweight title shot, however the only thing in the way is TJ Grant, but Pettis doesn’t care:
“I can be 100 percent ready to fight Benson Henderson in Milwaukee,” Pettis claimed 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.”
However, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported soon after UFC 161, UFC President Dana White doesn’t agree with Pettis’ claim that he could be ready to fight again by the end of August. Although the injury won’t require surgery, he said it won’t be a quick layoff.
“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 said. “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.”