Found February 24, 2012 on 5thRound.com:

UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

Fourteen months ago, Anthony Pettis (Pictured) became an overnight sensation when he posterized Benson Henderson with his “Showtime kick” to capture the WEC lightweight crown. The 25-year-old was slated to parlay the sensational strike into a UFC title fight, but various factors prevented the championship affair from coming to fruition.

The immediate rematch that was arranged between UFC 155-pound king Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard was out of Pettis’ control, but he takes full responsibility for the lopsided unanimous decision loss he posted against Clay Guida in his big league debut.

Pettis has professed last year was the worst of his young career, but he’s looking to bounce back in resounding fashion in 2012. His ascent back towards the top of the totem pole resumes tomorrow against a formidable opponent, and he claims to have a little something special up his sleeve for the shootout.

“A guy like Joe Lauzon, I think I’m going to open up a lot,” Pettis told Sherdog. “First round he’s always dangerous, but in the second and third – even in the Sam Stout fight and a lot of other fights – he kind of gasses and doesn’t come as hard as he did in the first round, so look out for something new this fight.

“No matter how I do it, whether it’s a ‘Showtime kick’ or I’ve got to take this guy and beat him down and beat him up for three rounds, it’s winning fights. That’s what’s going to get me back to title contention and my title shot.”

UFC 144 takes place inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Video: Anthony Pettis KO's Joe Lauzon at UFC 144

In the first fight in the main event of UFC 144 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Anthony Pettis beat Joe Lauzon by knockout (head kick and punches) at 1:21 of the first round. {flvremote}http://cdn.ianbethune.com/pettisufc144.flv{/flvremote} Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.
BLOODBATH

New UFC lightweight champ

Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar fought at UFC 144 in Japan and a new UFC lightweight champion was crowned after the bout.

Edgar, Henderson, Lee and Pettis awarded $65K bonuses at UFC 144

After an exciting night of fights at UFC 144, Dana White announced that the following fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses for their efforts. Fight of the Night: Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar Knockout of the Night: Anthony Pettis Submission of the Night: Vaughn Lee Edgar, Henderson, Lee and Pettis awarded $65K bonuses at UFC 144 is a post from: MMA Interplay UFC News

Dana White: Anthony Pettis is Next for Benson Henderson … Maybe

At the conclusion of Sunday’s pay-per-view broadcast, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan overheard Octagon honchos Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta claim Anthony Pettis (Pictured) would get first dibs at Benson Henderson’s freshly-minted lightweight title. At the UFC 144 post-fight press conference, White seemed to reaffirm the notion for the briefest of moments. “I think he’s...

The Weekend in Violence: Three Stars

I feel like a teenage kid whose dad just gave him the keys to the family car.  Hank Booth, in his ultimate wisdom (and complete lack of common sense) has handed over the reins The Weekend in Violence 3 Stars column to yours truly, Dan Rose.  Well, I’m not one to overlook the little guy so this will include both the astonishing UFC 144 card and a gem from Legacy Fighting Friday...

UFC 144 Post-Fight Bonuses: Henderson, Edgar, Pettis, Lee Earn $65,000

Four men walked away from the UFC’s return to Japan with post-fight bonuses on Saturday night, as Benson Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis and Vaughan Lee were each awarded an extra $65,000 for their performances at UFC 144.

New UFC Champ Benson Henderson Welcomes Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis Rematches

Benson Henderson captured the UFC lightweight title from Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 144 on Saturday night, busting up the former champion en route to a unanimous decision victory at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.