Anthony Pettis has heard all the rumblings that he is scared to face UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Pettis, who was declared the No. 1 contender for the belt, but would have to wait for his shot at the title, has decided to face Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight crown this summer.

During a recent interview with BJPenn.com, “Showtime” discussed his exact reason for agreeing to face Aldo. And, no, it has nothing to do with running from Henderson – a man he defeated back in 2010.

I’ve been reading some of the blogs and people are claiming I’m scared to fight Henderson, but it’s nothing like that. Aldo’s a great fighter and I’m in this game to fight the best, and fight the fights that people want to see. I think all the fans want to see this fight. You have one of the toughest guys in his division just wrestling it, and he’s considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters. That right there just amuses me and has me interested in this fight.

Henderson will defend his title against Gilbert Melendez in April, and Pettis returned from a long layoff in January to top Donald Cerrone. The former WEC champion stated after the win that he wanted to compete quickly again, but will not face Aldo until August.