Ultimately, the campaign of Anthony Pettis to secure a rematch with lightweight champ Benson Henderson at UFC 164 came to an end because of a knee injury, but that doesn’t mean the man who is scheduled to fight isn’t ticked off about “Showtime’s” attempt. TJ Grant has been assigned to fight Henderson after quickly taking out Gray Maynard at UFC 160, but when Pettis thought he may be able to compete on August 31st, he began petitioning for the bout.
Pettis is the last man to defeat Henderson, at WEC 53, and was particularly interested in the fight because it will take place in Milwaukee where he lives.
While appearing on the ESPN UFC Podcast recently, Grant was predictably asked to comment on the situation, and the surging lightweight let loose on the former WEC champ (quote via the Daily Telegraph).
“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.”
Grant also credited Pettis for being a “great fighter” but added that it’s “my time right now.” The good news for Pettis and his fans is that UFC President Dana White recently relayed that the 26 year-old could be tapped for a title shot at either 145 or 155 when he returns.
UFC 164 will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Centre and the main card wil be available via pay-per-view.
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