Anthony Pettis: “You can’t say no when the UFC calls, especially for a title-shot.”

Anthony Pettis: “You can’t say no when the UFC calls, especially for a title-shot.”

UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis isn’t tying to sell fans on the idea he’s miraculously healed from a knee injury and will be 100% when he battles champion Benson Henderson on August 31 at UFC 164. However, “Showtime” believes he’ll be healthy enough to do what it takes to beat Henderson again, and even if he’s not there was no way he planned on passing on the fight when first approached about the possibility.

Pettis recently spoke to Bleacher Report where he said a chance to fight for the belt in his proverbial backyard was literally a dream come true…

“It wasn’t like nothing happened. I tore my LCL, it’s still a serious injury, but it isn’t as bad as an ACL or meniscus tear. Minimum is supposed to be six weeks out, but I’ve got a good therapist here, and I feel confident enough that I can take this fight. You can’t say no when the UFC calls, especially for a title-shot.”

“The way it happened and the way it’s playing out. It’s one of those storybook fairytales. It wasn’t supposed to happen, but it worked out perfectly.”

“I was thinking…like TJ Grant can’t get hurt, this isn’t true. Two guys can’t get hurt in two divisions in back-to-back title-fights,” he continued, stating his head might hurt if devoting too much energy trying to figure out fate’s plan. “I don’t know, it just turned out in my favor. I don’t want to think about it more. This is the biggest fight of my life in my hometown. I just want that contract to come so I can sign it and it can be 100 percent.”

On Henderson:

“There’s an argument he may not be the top 155′er, but he has the belt, that’s all there is to it. He has the belt. Whether he’s winning by decision or he’s blowing guys out, he has the belt, and that’s what I want. I’ve been waiting for this for two years, and it’s finally here. It doesn’t feel real.”