It would appear as if Anthony Pettis and UFC president Dana White are not on the same page right now.
Following UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson Saturday night, White told FUEL TV that Pettis would not be cleared in time to face UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164: Henderson vs. Grant.
Pettis was originally scheduled to meet Jose Aldo early in August, but a knee injury has forced him to pull out. UFC 164 takes place later that month.
“He will not be ready by that date. The doctor, whom I respect and listen to, says that he won’t be. I’m going to fly him in to Vegas this week and have him looked at again for a second opinion,” White said. “I don’t want this kid to rush it. There’s no rush for him to fight.”
Pettis, though, responded by telling FUEL TV “I can be 100-percent ready to fight Benson Henderson in Milwaukee.” “Showtime” trains out of the Wisconsin city and says the rematch with Henderson is “the fight everyone has wanted for years.”
After defeating Donald Cerrone earlier this year, Pettis was viewed as the top contender to Henderson’s title. However, the champion was booked for a match with Gilbert Melendez, and Pettis wanted a title fight. He offered to step in and meet Aldo at featherweight, but the bout was not scheduled until later this summer.
Now, T.J. Grant has moved into the role of top contender to “Smooth’s” reign after defeating Gray Maynard.