clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UFC 164 results: Anthony Pettis wants Jose Aldo, but must first honor T.J. Grant

Sometimes, you have to put big-money fights on the back burner in order to preserve the integrity of your divisions.

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Ultimate Fighting Championship has crowned a new lightweight champion.

Anthony Pettis defeated Ben Henderson (again) in the main event of the UFC 164 pay-per-view (PPV), locking up a slick submission finish in the waning seconds of the opening frame inside the Bradley Center last night (Aug. 31, 2013) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

See how it all went down in our live play-by-play here.

Following his "Hometown Throwdown," which sent the "Brew Town" faithful into a delayed (but elated) reaction, Pettis hijacked his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan to let UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo know that they still have unfinished business.

"Showtime" was expected to tangle with "Junior" at UFC 163, but was instead replaced with Chan Sung Jung following an untimely boo-boo.

Hold the phone, eager little beaver.

If you're one of the mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who will argue that Pettis deserves a "super fight" against Aldo -- simply because they were already booked to have one earlier this year -- then you must also afford T.J. Grant that same opportunity, who was recently forced out of a title fight of his own because of injury.

Yes, I can hear you laughing.

The idea of turning down a fight between champions just to appease Grant, winner of five straight, sounds hilarious. But let's also try to preserve at least some divisional integrity before we start letting guys bounce in and out of weight classes with reckless abandon.

It's a two way street.

Let's not forget that similar to Grant, Ricardo Lamas has been waiting for his crack at the 145-pound crown. He's already finished Cub Swanson and Erik Koch and was gracious enough to step aside when the promotion booked "Aldo vs. Pettis" the first time.

Give the man his shot.

In addition, the Brazilian busted his foot against "The Korean Zombie" earlier this month and is not expected to return until 2014, which means we would have two champions -- as well as two number one contenders -- sitting on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

You can't put two divisions on hold just because of a sexy fight between two of the sport's elite.

I understand that "super fights" are hard to come by and sometimes you have to strike while the iron is hot, but Pettis has yet to defend his newly-won strap and there are plenty of people knocking at his door. In addition to Grant, Josh Thomson and Rafael Dos Anjos have been making some noise. Khabib Nurmagomedov (20-0) could be in the mix following UFC 165.

Sorry Pettis, but you shouldn't get your dessert until after you've finished your supper.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania