Henderson, Pettis reflect on 'pretty cool kick'


The last man to defeat UFC lightweight champion was Benson Henderson was Anthony Pettis in a memorable back and forth fight for the last every WEC lightweight championship. The bout was two rounds a piece going into the final round, and then Anthony Pettis landed a kick running off the cage wall that very well may have secured him the round and the fight. The kick will now be shown in UFC highlights video forever and Pettis and Henerson both talked about 'the kick' on yesterday's UFC 164 media conference call:

"All the judges' scorecards had it tied up 2-2 going into the fifth round. It was a super close fight," Henderson reflected. "It came down to it. Anthony let it all out, landed a pretty cool kick, and ever since I've been working to redeem myself."

"I wasn't supposed to win," Pettis recollected. "I was just coming up the WEC ladder. The UFC was about to take over the WEC, so it was a lot at stake. And for me, I had nothing to lose."

"It's not like I just won the fight off just one kick," Pettis explained of his first bout with Henderson. "I put the work in the other rounds to be in that position. So it's one of those things. I'm not going to live off of it. It happened. Move past it. Three years later, I've got to fight him again."

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GriffinQ site profile image  

8/23/13 2:16 AM by GriffinQ

I tell people about the circumstances of that fight and that kick when I'm trying to convince them of how epic MMA and lighter-weight classes can be.

caposa site profile image  

8/23/13 2:11 AM by caposa


TeamRenzo4Life site profile image  

8/23/13 1:57 AM by TeamRenzo4Life

I am not a huge conspiracy nut. I don't believe all UFC fights are works, but I watched this fight with a pro-wrestling buff and he pointed out the signal immediately. Had to watch a few times but was convinced.

caposa site profile image  

8/22/13 6:20 PM by caposa

Makes you wonder if the Showtime Knee was also a work. I haven't analyzed the tape looking for Cerrone's signal yet.

Matrixkick site profile image  

8/22/13 6:08 PM by Matrixkick

Yep, I think someone may be reaching just a tad!

caposa site profile image  

8/22/13 6:04 PM by caposa

Welp, case closed. This guy has it all figured out.

Matrixkick site profile image  

8/22/13 5:50 PM by Matrixkick

Pretty much this..

Jetster site profile image  

8/22/13 2:50 PM by Jetster

Pettis everyone will soon realize is the next dominant great Champ Like GSP and A.Silva.He was going to take out Aldo and make a statement....he will start with benson tho.

Swagg site profile image  

8/22/13 2:00 PM by Swagg

Forreal...biggest tell was Pettis. When Ben backed up standing against the cage,Pettis was looking directly at his feet. Look at Pettis's reaction in his face once Ben taps his foot.....guy looked more happier than a faggot in a weiner factory....

UGCTT_EnderTL site profile image  

8/22/13 11:08 AM by UGCTT_EnderTL

Yah. Bonnar definitely hammered the moment home. The shock and amazement in his voice was awesome.