Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was preparing to face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title when he suffered a knee injury.
Pettis, in Brazil promoting the card, avoided surgery and that allowed him to be a replacement for TJ Grant and finally get his crack at the UFC title.
“Showtime” faces Benson Henderson for the UFC 155-pound title Saturday at UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis.
“My weight was under 160,” said Pettis, when asked how is initial cut to featherweight was going. “I was doing a real light training in Brazil, rolling with Phil Davis and had my knee go in a wrong position. I heard a pop, but I didn’t require surgery and that lined me up perfectly for this title shot.
“The cards couldn’t have lined up better.”
Pettis added that he has been “training since February” after defeating Donald Cerrone.
“This is one of my longest camps of my career,” he added.
As for fighting in his hometown of Milwaukee, Pettis doesn’t feel it will play an impact. He defeated Henderson in his home of Phoenix during the WEC.
“Milwaukee supports athletes,” Pettis said. “It feels good to be fighting in my hometown finally, but I won the fight in Benson’s hometown and he can do the same thing here.
“When the cage door closes, it’s me and Ben, my skills vs. his skills.”