Anthony Pettis spent nearly a full training camp in preparation for featherweight champion Jose Aldo. After seven weeks of training, Pettis was removed from the title picture as he fell to an injury.
Not long after Pettis went down, lightweight No. 1 contender TJ Grant had the same problem. The fix was Pettis would return as lightweight and now takes on Benson Henderson in a rematch from years ago.
“I always knew this fight was going to happen,” said Pettis on The MMA Hour. “I’ve been thinking about this guy for two years now, so I go through this gameplan all the time — how I’m going to fight him, how I’m going to beat him.”
The two had Fight of the Year in 2010 at WEC 53, which saw Henderson win the belt.
Pettis has back-to-back Knock of the Night honors against Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone. Henderson is undefeated for the UFC with six wins.
The lightweight title headlines UFC 164 on August 3. It’s from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.