Anthony Pettis won the UFC lightweight championship on Saturday afternoon and he immediately had plans for who he would be fighting next. However, the current No. 1 contender for the title had a different plan for who should get the next title shot.
Pettis called out featherweight champion Jose Aldo after his win over Henderson, but TJ Grant wants to remind Pettis and the UFC that he is the man that should be lined up for the next shot.
I’m pretty sure Aldo is a little banged up as well right now,” Grant said. “My opinion – I’m a fan, and I love watching UFC fights. I watch all of them, whether they’re people I’m potentially fighting or not, I enjoy it. Pettis against Aldo is an exciting fight.
“But, hey, I just won my last fight in two minutes. I knocked the [Gray Maynard] out. I knocked the guy out before that [Matt Wiman]. I feel like I’ve earned it. I feel like I’m the guy. I’ve been in the UFC a long time. I’ve never really gotten the push that I feel like I need but I’ve also built a lot of experience in fighting and haven’t been in the spotlight, which is nice too. But I’m ready to be there and I’m ready to go out there. Give me the opportunity man. I feel like I’ve earned it.”
Pettis vs. Aldo would be an incredible fight for the sport and for fans, but Grant is deserving of the next shot.
He was scheduled to face off against Benson Henderson before he was forced to withdraw from the bout because of an injury and if anyone knows how bad that sucks, it is Anthony Pettis. He should give Grant the shot that was rightfully earned before bouncing around weight classes and leaving the UFC belt tied up.