Found September 01, 2013 on
Despite owning a perfect 7-0 UFC record, which included three straight title defenses, prior to entering Saturday’s rematch with Anthony Pettis, now-former lightweight king Benson Henderson (pictured) will have to wait his turn before sniffing another championship affair.
And if Pettis’ reign atop the 155-pound division is an extended one, Henderson’s wait will only be that much longer.
“Definitely is. Definitely is,” UFC president Dana White responded when asked if Henderson being down 0-2 to Pettis plays a factor in how soon Henderson can score a trilogy. “We had the fight with Ben and Frankie [Edgar] where some people [didn't know who won]. There’s no f—— denying who won this fight, and it was a first round annihilation, kind of like the Vitor [Belfort]-Anderson [Silva] thing.”
Pettis took the edge in their rivalry with a unanimous decision win to capture the WEC lightweight belt. However, that back-and-forth scrap was up in the air until Pettis did that “Showtime Kick” thing in the closing minutes to help seal the deal.
Their careers took different paths since that December 2010 initial encounter, and Henderson was hoping to “erase the stain from his soul” by posting a dominant victory in the rematch. Unfortunately for “Smooth,” things hit a rough patch when his elbow went snap, crackle and pop after Pettis slapped on the armbar.
As if trailing Pettis 0-2 wasn’t bad enough, a convincing defeat in their most recent matchup makes it even tougher to justify Part III – regardless of the torrid run Henderson is capable of stringing together.
There’s simply no rubber in the rubber match because Henderson is posting a goose egg against Pettis.
When you take into account White’s disinterest, which is directly tied to pay-per-view interest, Henderson’s best hope is that Pettis decides to focus on Jose Aldo’s featherweight belt or he loses the lightweight title.
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Wow that was over quick. Anthony Pettis has defeated Benson Henderson at UFC164 by tapout at 4:31 of the first round due to an arm bar to win the Lightweight Championship.
Early on in the round, Henderson was working over Henderson against the fence with kicks to the calves. Halfway through the round, Pettis managed to break free. While standing up, Pettis delivered 4 straight...
Reigning UFC lightweight king Benson Henderson has seen the “Showtime Kick” a zillion times by now – in digital video game form, replays on numerous highlight reel clips heading into Saturday’s rematch with Anthony Pettis (pictured), and of course, in his nightmares. Just when Henderson thought he had seen the strike he’d like to forget from any and all possible perspectives...
The only thing more subjective than the divisional UFC Fighter Rankings is the pound-for-pound UFC Fighter Rankings. Unless athletes hop divisions or collide at catchweights to face each other, how can one possibly determine which heavier/lighter fighter is better than the other?
Nonetheless, the discussion came up Saturday night after Anthony Pettis (pictured) submitted Benson Henderson...
Pettis is looking lean and ready for tomorrow’s much anticipated rematch with Ben Henderson. Is it possible a local Milwaukee tanning salon may have decided to fork over the cash to sponsor Showtime???
Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis pose together at press conference
Showtime shows up for some pre fight chores
Anthony Pettis’ father passed away back in 2003, when Showtime was just 16 years old. I’m sure he’s looking down from above and is very proud of his son.
Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis Verbal Taps Benson Henderson (GIF)
There Is A New Champ In The Building
Highlights: Pettis – Henderson Watch highlights of Anthony Pettis’ victory over Benson Henderson at UFC 164.
The new UFC lightweight champ is seen here post fight holding his WEC belt that he also took away from Ben Henderson. Who knows maybe he will be dropping down to featherweight and adding a third title but my thought if that fight happens it will take place at 155.
Pettis takes his belt to his fathers grave
There is a new champ in the building
Josh Barnett returned to the UFC for the first time in 11 years at UFC 164. Barnett said he was coming to defend his title and while there was no title on the line he did make a statement at the expense of Frank Mir.
New champ! New champ! Talk about DOMINATION! Anthony Pettis strutted into his hometown arena and decimated Ben Henderson with body kicks until Ben was forced to take him down. From his guard, Pettis ended up submitting Bendo verbally with an armbar in one of the most lopsided fights of Bendo’s life. Holy ****! After, Pettis called out Jose Aldo, which I really want to see at 155...
UFC 164 took place moments ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Anthony Pettis defeating Benson Henderson by verbal submission to win the UFC lightweight championship in the main event.
After every UFC event, the UFC hands out fight bonuses for their efforts.
Fight bonuses went to Pettis for submission of the night over Henderson, Chad Mendes got knockout of the night for his win over...
UFC 164 went down this Saturday night from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin headlined by the rematch almost three years in the making between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis. Entering the fight the common consensus was that Pettis needed a knockout to take the title from Henderson who is the master of winning decisions. It didn't work out that way. Henderson...
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson stopped by to talk with UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani after the UFC 164 weigh in.
Bendo was his usual calm, stoic self but made an interesting remark about actually enjoying being behind enemy lines.
Apparently, he enjoys the feeling of being boo'd by an entire city of people that are cheering on his opponent, Anthony Pettis.