A knee injury forced Anthony Pettis out of his UFC featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo, but Pettis plans to be healthy and ready to fight by August. Since he’s missed out on one title shot, Pettis is hoping that the UFC will do him a favor and give him the shot at the lightweight title which he has waited so long for.
The problem is, TJ Grant is curently set to face lightweight champ Benson Henderson. In order for Pettis to get his title shot in his hometown, the UFC would have to pull the rug out from Grant.
“I can be 100 percent ready to fight Benson Henderson in Milwaukee,” Pettis told FUEL TV following UFC 161. “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.”
Unfortunately for Pettis, UFC president Dana White doesn’t see that happening and he plans to have Pettis re-evaluate the injury.
“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.”
It wouldn’t be fair to Grant to have the title shot taken away from him after working so hard to climb the ladder, but if there is one fighter that the UFC could get away with subbing in Grant’s place without as much outrage, Pettis would be that guy.
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