UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis may be on deck to duke it out with champion Benson Henderson this weekend at UFC 164 but it wasn’t so long ago “Showtime” was scheduled to square off against featherweight king Jose Aldo. However, an injury took Pettis out of the pairing and opened the door for him to slide into a vacancy created by top 155-pound contender T.J. Grant also going down for health-related reasons.
While Henderson is happy to face any challenge thrown his way, he recently spoke to MMAFighting where it was clear he didn’t appreciate the way Pettis bounced between divisions…
“I’m not going to talk my way into a title-fight. Send a text message and say, ‘Oh, I want this guy now.’ Just not how I do things. Some people are good at it. Some people make their career on doing that. It’s not how my mama raised me.”
“It’s fine. Get paid your money. Get paid however you can. You want to get your money from talking, by all means go right ahead. Get your money from talking. You want to get your money by earning it? By fighting the best, not complaining, keeping your nose to grind and doing that — then do that.”
Pettis-Henderson will serve as the main event of the August 31 show. Henderson holds an overall record of 19-2 and is on a seven-fight winning streak, while Pettis is 16-2 with thirteen finishes to his credit.
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