Former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis believed a shot at UFC gold was sitting there for him after he entered the promotion.

However, previously arranged title shots – and immediate rematches – left Pettis waiting.

“Showtime” was kept from a title fight by his own injuries, as well, but that is all in the past now.

Pettis will face Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 164 in late August. He replaces TJ Grant, who suffered an injury himself.

“I always knew this fight was going to happen,” said Pettis on The MMA Hour. “I’ve been thinking about this guy for two years now, so I go through this gameplan all the time; how I’m going to fight him, how I’m going to beat him.”

Pettis was the last man to defeat Henderson, scoring the WEC title from him via decision. That was the match in which he delivered what would become known as the “Showtime Kick,” as he propelled off the fence with a right kick.