News broke late Friday evening that current top LW contender T.J. Grant suffered an injury in training and was forced out of his upcoming bout at UFC 164 against champion Benson Henderson.
So, with just over a month to go until fight time, the UFC has called in Anthony Pettis to face Henderson in the new UFC 164 main event. The news was first reported by John Morgan of MMA Junkie and subsequently confirmed by UFC president Dana Whiteon Twitter.
It’s a fight that Anthony Pettis has wanted for the past two years, and now he’s finally getting his crack at the UFC lightweight title.
It didn’t take Pettis long to react as well, tweeting out, “Is this real life?” He was obviously quite happy with the news and shortly added the following:
U can't stop destiny !!! Me and Henderson for the belt in my home town!!!!
— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) July 13, 2013
Pettis was actually scheduled to fight for the UFC featherweight title on August 3, but a knee injury forced him out of the UFC 163 bout with Jose Aldo. “Showtime” was advised he had a slight tear in his MCL, which would not require surgery but would put him out of action for a few weeks.
Immediately, Pettis saw August 31 in his hometown of Milwaukee as a golden opportunity to return and face Henderson. By that time, however, the UFC had already installed Grant as the No. 1 contender.