anthony-pettis-18.jpgTop UFC lightweight contender T.J. Grant better hope Anthony Pettis doesn’t get his wish.

Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who dropped from lightweight to featherweight for a shot at 145-pound champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) before a knee injury scrapped their UFC 163 headliner this past week, now wants to return to 155 pounds.

And he wants to take a UFC 164 title shot with lightweight champion Benson Henderson that was promised to Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC).

UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31, four weeks after Pettis’ planned UFC 163 bout with Aldo in Rio de Janeiro. For Pettis, such a rescheduling would mean a chance to fight in his hometown of Milwaukee, which is home to UFC 164.

“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.”

When Pettis dropped off the UFC 163 card this past week, Chan Sung Jung (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) got the fight with Aldo instead. White said he’s open to Pettis fighting the Aldo vs. Jung winner – or even the Henderson vs. Grant winner.

“He’s definitely in line (at featherweight), but we’ll see what happens,” White said. “He could do either – he could fight Aldo or he could fight the winner of [Henderson] and T.J. Grant.”

Pettis, the WEC’s final lightweight champion, earned his UFC title shot following wins over Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone, the latter two of which earned “Knockout of the Night” awards. However, when champ Henderson was lined up for a title shot with Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez earlier this year, Pettis opted to move down to featherweight for an immediate title shot instead of waiting.

However, for now, Pettis will go back to the sidelines.

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.

Related News

Donald Cerrone: We'll Just Keep Knocking Them Down Until We Get the Title (UFC Denver) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Embracing a hometown fight with Jorge Masvidal, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has a welterweight title fight in his sights for 2017. read news >>

Ranked flyweights Ali Bagautinov, Zach Makovsky no longer on UFC roster

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

Two of the world’s best flyweights are no longer under UFC contract.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Andrei Arlovski: I'm Not in a Position to Pick My Opponent (UFC Denver) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Having lost three fights in a row, Andrei Arlovski knows that he can't be choosy about his opponents or make big, boastful claims. read news >>

UFC on FOX 23's Francis Ngannou: Someone can do better than UFC champ Stipe Miocic

  • 29 days ago
  • 105 views

DENVER – UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou wanted to be a professional boxer, until his coaches encouraged him to check out MMA. Now he believes he can be the best heavyweight in the world.Filed under: read news >>

UFC on FOX 23's Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal personal? Depends on who you ask

  • 29 days ago
  • 12 views

DENVER – UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal said it’s business and not personal against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 23. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Valentina Shevchenko: I Am Very Confident in My Power (UFC on FOX 23) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

Though she's not as boisterous as her UFC on FOX 23 opponent, Valentina Shevchenko is confident as she prepares to step in the cage with Julianna Pena. read news >>

Francis Ngannou Embraces Championship Expectations (UFC on FOX 23) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Heading into battle with Andrei Arlovski, rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou embraces the pressure of those who think he could be a UFC champion. read news >>

UFC on FOX 23's Andrei Arlovski wasn't aiming for Francis Ngannou but isn't in business of picking opponents

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

DENVER – You get the sense UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski didn’t exactly want to fight Francis Ngannou. After all, a young, up-and-coming prospect offers little upside for a former champion fighting read news >>

UFC on Fox 23: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

  • 29 days ago
  • 41 views

There's a lot of pop in this little main card. UFC on Fox 23, going down this Saturday from Denver, Colorado, isn't getting the same run as most other Fox cards. It's certainly not getting the same r read news >>

Kevin Lee vs. Francisco Trinaldo added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil

  • 29 days ago
  • 9 views

A bout between surging lightweights Kevin Lee and Francisco Trinaldo is the latest addition to March’s UFC Fight Night 106 lineup.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>