The injury bug has bitten for the second time today, and now it’s affecting a title fight.
After campaigning heavily for a title shot against Ben Henderson in his hometown, Anthony Pettis will get his wish in a roundabout way as TJ Grant has been injured and forced to withdraw.
It’s unfortunate news for the Canadian Grant, who earned his shot at the belt with an impressive knockout of Gray Maynard at UFC 160.
However, Pettis vs. Henderson is one of the most-wanted fights ever since Pettis took the WEC lightweight title from Henderson at the promotion’s last show in 2010. “Showtime” expressed his good fortune via Twitter:
U can't stop destiny !!! Me and Henderson for the belt in my home town!!!!— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) July 13, 2013
Is this real life????— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) July 13, 2013
Many deem Pettis the man with the best shot at dethroning Henderson, who has used the loss to fuel his fire to remain undefeated in his UFC career. The fact that the bout is in Pettis’ hometown of Milwaukee makes the bout one of epic magnitude. UFC 164 just became perhaps the most electrifying MMA event outside of Anderson Silva getting KO’ed.
Who do you like in the blockbuster?