When Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis said that he was injured and out of the Jose Aldo bout at UFC 163, almost immediately he began saying he would be ready for UFC 164 and that he would like to fight UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson. This proved irony was alive and well as Pettis had already earned a lightweight title shot, but asked UFC President Dana White if he could fight the featherweight champion instead. The UFC obliged. The man left out of all of this is T.J. Grant who already had Henderson on his dance card, and when Showtime began playing the ‘you can’t fault me for trying’ card he wasn’t too happy about the guy trying to steal his thunder.
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“I wish it was handled a little differently; him of all people, I think it was disrespectful, to do that against someone who has earned the right to fight is not right. Unfortunately he got hurt, but it was low class, I thought. I didn’t want to get into the whole talking thing. I got here legitimately and earned it. Ultimately, what he was saying was that he wanted my title shot which was incredibly disrespectful. It was pretty dirty.”
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