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    Benson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) and Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will meet again, but this time the UFC lightweight title will be on the line. ( today learned from sources close to the fight and subsequently confirmed with UFC President Dana White that T.J. Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 164 contest with Henderson, and Pettis has agreed to step into the open slot.

    UFC 164 takes place at MIlwaukee's Bradley Center on Aug. 31, four weeks after Pettis' expected UFC 163 featherweight title bout with Jose Aldo in Rio de Janeiro. Injury forced Pettis out of that fight, but Grant's poor fortune now allows "Showtime" a chance to fight in his hometown in a bid for the UFC lightweight title.

    The nature of Grant's injury wasn't immediately known, and it's unclear when he'll return to action.

    Henderson and Pettis, of course, have a history together, as "Showtime" scores a unanimous decision win over "Smooth" in the now-shuttered WEC's final event to become the promotion's final champion. Henderson hasn't lost since, reeling off seven straight wins en route to claiming the UFC lightweight title in February 2012 and already racking up three successful defenses of the belt. Pettis, meanwhile, lost his UFC debut but has rebounded in style with three straight wins, including back-to-back "Knockout of the Night" wins over Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.

    UFC 164's main card, including Henderson vs. Pettis, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook. The evening's bout order has yet to be confirmed, but the lineup now currently includes:
    • Champ Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis - for UFC lightweight title
    •Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
    •Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes
    •Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
    •Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
    •Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner
    •Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang
    •Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei
    •Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot
    •Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero
    •Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman
    •Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
    •Ryan Couture vs. Quinn Mulhern
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    The match up that was always meant to be is finally happening.

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    Sounds good. I wouldn't mind Benson bringing the guy back down to Earth but either way it should be good.

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    I just read this and all I can say is I can't wait to see this fight. It may be waaaay out there, but it would be pretty amazing if Dana and co. would still allow Pettis to fight Aldo if he beats Bendo.

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    The part where his big toe does a backflip

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    Nobody wants to see rematches.
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    I bet NO ONE here saw that coming.
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    and we wait for the first idiot to say Grant isn't actually injured and the UFC forced him off the card to give Pettis the title shot in his hometown...The same idiots who said that AS / Weidman was setup.

    EDIT; for those wondering according to reports here in Canada TJ has a concussion that he received training. Sounds like someone got caught with a good shot...
    Last edited by BonesKnows; 07-13-2013 at 06:50 AM.


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    ^Takes one to know one.

    I am disappointed that Grant got injured. Would have been a great matchup. I hate irony!

    Hope Pettis gets his soul patch stomped off.
    Last edited by Sniggles; 07-13-2013 at 07:33 AM.

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    I hope Grant gets the winner. I hate to see someone lose an opportunity like this to an injury.

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