Sorry, Anthony Pettis (pictured), your request has been denied. On Tuesday night, UFC president Dana White confirmed with ESPN’s SportsCenter that Pettis’ next fight will be against TJ Grant.
Seconds after capturing the lightweight title by submitting Benson Henderson on Saturday at UFC 164, Pettis requested a tango against reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo – at either 145 or 155 pounds.
Pettis was initially slated to challenge Aldo for his crown at UFC 163 until a right knee injury forced him to withdraw from the scrap. However, he was able to rehab in time to rematch Henderson just a few weeks later.
The spot against Henderson at UFC 164 opened up because Grant suffered a concussion during training. Grant earned the opportunity after steamrolling former top contender Gray Maynard at UFC 160.
He will be riding a five-fight winning streak into the biggest bout of his life. Grant has finished off his last two victims in devastating (T)KO fashion.
When the shootout will go down will be based on the condition of the left knee Pettis injured on Saturday. White said the MRI Pettis underwent today revealed he has a PCL sprain (grade two sprain) and an LCL strain. No surgery will be required, but “Showtime” is facing a 7-8 week recovery.