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UFC Conspiracy Theory of the Day: Anthony Pettis Is Going to Steal TJ Grant’s Title Shot


(And that “Showtime Kick”? As fake as the moon landing. / Photo via MMAWeekly)

As we’ve already discussed, the upcoming UFC 164 lightweight title fight between Benson Henderson and TJ Grant isn’t exactly capturing the hearts and minds of MMA fans, and could potentially tank on pay-per-view. (Which wouldn’t be the first time that Bendo has tanked on PPV.) So when Anthony Pettis went down with a knee injury last week, knocking him out of his UFC 163 featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo, some of the more paranoid fans among us began buzzing: Is this just a ploy to line-jump Pettis into a much more compelling/lucrative fight against Henderson? The two men have some history, after all.

At first we dismissed this theory as lunatic ravings from the same people who would tell you that Luke Rockhold signaled that he was ready to take a dive against Vitor Belfort, or that Chael Sonnen bangs his desk to signify that he’s ready for his close-up. Would Pettis really fake an injury — or would the UFC invent one — in order to screw over TJ Grant and cash in with a bigger fight? Come on, that’s absurd. At least we thought so until we read this:

“I can be 100% ready to fight Benson Henderson in Milwaukee,” said Pettis to Fuel TV. “With all due respect to T.J. Grant, Milwaukee is my town, and the fight with Ben is the fight everyone has wanted for years.”

For the record, UFC president Dana White claims that Pettis’s knee won’t be ready in time for UFC 164 on August 31st, but obviously he’s just trying to keep the public from catching on to his dastardly plot, and TJ Grant will be faking his own injury sometime within the next couple weeks. Allegedly.

But seriously, here’s what Grant had to say about the situation…


(Props: fueltv)

As of right now I haven’t been told anything, I’m preparing for Benson Henderson. I try not to focus on all that other stuff. I know that there are possibilities, but I haven’t heard anything…right now, my sights are set on Benson Henderson, I feel like I earned my shot and it’s my time…I’m ready to rock ‘n’ roll, man, I’m not gonna worry about it right now…I’m fighting Benson Henderson, that’s as far as I know right now.”

Poor TJ. He’s just a patsy.

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cman- June 18, 2013 at 12:14 am
As an avid fan I'm more than aware Pettis is a draw only in Pettis's head. We forget, the bulk of the 600k plus buys that signify a good PPV numbers wise won't be moved by either guy. The list of crossover fighters is still very small.
Don't tell Pettis, but he has no mainstream appeal, I'm more interested, my neighbor sure isn't.
LetsBetOnIt32- June 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm
I'd rather see Aldo vs Pettis. I think there is more challenge for Pettis there than beating a guy agian.
danomite- June 17, 2013 at 10:24 am
That would be the biggest dick move in UFC history if it happened.
Dmonicideals- June 17, 2013 at 9:59 am
Sure, you call it a conspiracy now, and mock the people who can see it, but what happens next week when Grant is out and Pettis is in? Will you post an apology to those you mocked for being correct? Didn't think so. Don't be mad, you will eventually develop the deductive reasoning skills it takes to see through these simple ploys.
algiersheadkick504- June 17, 2013 at 9:01 am
What reeeaallly needs to happen is Pettis fight Benson again hopfully winning again, and grant smashes bj Penn who wants to return to lightweight giving tj more star power in the process then we have grant vs Pettis, or maybe grant vs Melendez and have josh Thompson fight penn
Mr_Misanthropy- June 17, 2013 at 8:10 am
Anthony Pettis is the new Joe Silva.

Grant needs to work on his robot victory dance if he ever wants to amount to anything. Something catchy that takes fewer than 8 seconds and can be rerun ad infinitum on every form of media known to man.
As Good As Anyone- June 17, 2013 at 7:59 am
They really need to build Grant up a bit more. Burying him on prelims for the past X amount of fights, then 1 main card does not warrant a title shot. He's beaten the right guys, but the name / drawing power isn't there. He needs a few more quality one sided wins. I say give it to Pettis FFS (for fans sake).
mma4everbitchs- June 17, 2013 at 7:58 am
Grant is taking the title then teaching showtime some manners ...oh Canada mutherfuka
Fried Taco- June 17, 2013 at 7:36 am
But if Pettis would just pray to Jesus, I'm sure his knee will be healed and he will be 100% ready to fight Bendo. Amen.
MMA Mafia- June 17, 2013 at 7:25 am
I think Henderson vs Grant could very good easily headline several cards. Say for example, a FaceBook card. That would be a great main event to watch free online at 4:30 in the afternoon.
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