anthony-pettis-18.jpgBenson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) and Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will meet again, but this time the UFC lightweight title will be on the line.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the fight and subsequently confirmed with UFC President Dana White that T.J. Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 164 contest with Henderson, and Pettis has agreed to step into the open slot.

UFC 164 takes place at MIlwaukee’s Bradley Center on Aug. 31, four weeks after Pettis’ expected UFC 163 featherweight title bout with Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro. Injury forced Pettis out of that fight, but Grant’s poor fortune now allows “Showtime” a chance to fight in his hometown in a bid for the UFC lightweight title.

While the nature of Grant’s injury wasn’t immediately known at the time of the initial report, the Canadian later took to Twitter to blame a concussion for his fate.

“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.”

Henderson and Pettis, of course, have a history together, as “Showtime” scores a unanimous decision win over “Smooth” in the now-shuttered WEC’s final event to become the promotion’s final champion. Henderson hasn’t lost since, reeling off seven straight wins en route to claiming the UFC lightweight title in February 2012 and already racking up three successful defenses of the belt. Pettis, meanwhile, lost his UFC debut but has rebounded in style with three straight wins, including back-to-back “Knockout of the Night” wins over Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.

UFC 164's main card, including Henderson vs. Pettis, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook. The evening’s bout order has yet to be confirmed, but the lineup now currently includes:

For more on UFC 164, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Anthony Pettis)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

White: Rafael dos Anjos injured, but likely to meet Cerrone-Nurmagomedov winner

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

Newly minted UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos’ performance against Anthony Pettis was shocking to behold, but it might be all the more impressive considering an obstacle he overcame to make read news >>

Rafael dos Anjos Dismantled Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 with Injured Knee

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

Rafael dos Anjos' dominating performance at UFC 185 was made more impressive once it was revealed that he did it with an injured right knee. read news >>

Alan Jouban injured, Omari Akhmedov meets Brian Ebersole at UFC Fight Night 68

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

Alan Jouban has been forced to withdraw from a planned bout in his home state, and Omari Akhmedov has stepped in as a replacement opponent against Brian Ebersole.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Kyle Noke gets home fight, meets Andreas Stahl at UFC Fight Night 65

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Australian Kyle Noke will fight in his home country when he meets Swedish welterweight Andreas Stahl at UFC Fight Night 65.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Video: Watch UFC champ Anthony Pettis go all 'Showtime' on Joe Lauzon

  • 26 days ago
  • 21 views

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is capable of cutting a highlight-reel clip at pretty much any moment, as Joe Lauzon can attest.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Video: UFC 185 preview, with champ Anthony Pettis' gravity-defying theatrics

  • 26 days ago
  • 103 views

It’s not hard to put together an Anthony Pettis highlight reel, as we learn in the latest UFC 185 video preview.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Dong Hyun Kim returns to meet Josh Burkman at UFC 187 in May

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

One of the best welterweights in the UFC is making his return Memorial Day Weekend. Dong Hyun Kim, a top 10 170-pounder, will take on Josh Burkman at UFC 187 on May 23, the UFC announced Tuesday. Kim read news >>

Morning Report: The next B.J. Penn, Anthony Pettis plans on being UFC's 'pay-per-view king'

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has only defended his title once since taking it off Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in 2013, but he's already planning out his legacy in the division. "Me getting read news >>

Anthony Pettis expects to be the next BJ Penn, new king of UFC pay-per-view

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who defends his title later this month against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185, is not content to simply rule the roost at 155 po read news >>