Anthony Pettis Wants T.J. Grant’s Spot in Title-Fight

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis made it clear last night he plans on fighting for a championship in August. However, considering he was forced to pull out of a planned outing against featherweight king Jose Aldo on August 3, it isn’t the 145-pound division’s title he has his sights set on.

Pettis spoke with Fuel TV after UFC 161 where he made it clear he wants T.J. Grant’s spot against lightweight champ Benson Henderson on August 31 at UFC 164. Not only does Pettis expect his injured knee to heal by then, but the event is taking place in Milwaukee where the sensational scrapper hails from.

“I can be 100% ready to fight Benson Henderson in Milwaukee. 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, UFC President Dana White doesn’t share his confidence:

“He will not be ready by that date. The doctor, whom I respect and listen to, says that he won’t be. I’m going to fly him in to Vegas this week and have him looked at again for a second opinion. I don’t want this kid to rush it. There’s no rush for him to fight.”