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Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis set as new UFC 164 main event with T.J. Grant injured

Anthony Pettis will step in for T.J. Grant to take on Benson Henderson in the new UFC 164 main event on Aug. 31, 2013.

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The injury bug has hit an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) main event once again as T.J. Grant has been forced out of his UFC 164 lightweight championship bout against Benson Henderson due to a concussion suffered in training.

Replacing Grant in the headlining contest will be none other than hometown hero Anthony Pettis.

MMA Junkie first reported the major change and UFC President Dana White subsequently confirmed the news via Twitter.

It was on June 14, 2013 when Pettis withdrew from a scheduled featherweight championship fight against Jose Aldo at UFC 163 due to a knee injury and was later declared unfit to compete for six weeks by the UFC's official doctor.

Pettis, who claimed he could make a quick turnaround from the injury, campaigned for a fight with Henderson despite Grant already announced as the next challenger for "Smooth" at UFC 164.

White told Pettis that wasn't going to happen and since then, the 26-year-old appeared to have moved on in the form of a feud with fellow lightweight standout Josh Thomson.

Henderson vs. Pettis will be a rematch of a 2010 World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bout that "Showtime" won by unanimous decision to take the organization's 155-pound title after a landing the famous "Showtime Kick" in the fifth round.

A second fight between the two elite competitors has been in the making since the moment the first match up ended, and while Henderson has calmly stated in the media that he will be ready to avenge his only loss in the past six years whenever the time comes, Pettis believes another victory and capturing the title is his destiny.

"U can't stop destiny !!! Me and Henderson for the belt in my home town!!!!" he wrote on Twitter.

UFC 164 goes down Aug. 31, 2013 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For more news and notes on UFC 164: "Henderson vs. Pettis 2," visit our complete event archive here.

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