Anthony Pettis placed himself on highlight reels to come when he delivered his kick off the cage to Benson Henderson in the WEC several years ago.
Pettis won the WEC lightweight title in the process and entered the UFC as the top contender.
Now, in 2013, “Showtime” has yet to cash in on that and compete for the UFC championship.
He will finally do so later this month against Henderson in the main event of UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis from Milwaukee.
For Pettis, there is no feud or heat with “Smooth.” He just happens to have the one thing he wants most in life right now.
“Me and Ben, we don’t have bad blood,” said Pettis, during a conference call Tuesday. “We aren’t rivals or anything; he’s the champ and I want that belt.
“He’s a great guy, great champion; he just has the belt and that is my goal. I want to fight whoever has the belt at that time.”
Pettis was lined up to face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship before suffering a knee injury. When TJ Grant went down with an injury of his own, he was placed into the rematch vs. Henderson.
“When I got word (of the fight change), it was surprising to me,” he said. “The way the fight lined up was crazy. Sure, there were a lot of conspiracy theories, but my injuries were legit, and I’m sure (Grant’s) were too.”