Bendo planning five rounds with Pettis
Benson Henderson’s only loss in the last six years came at the hands of Anthony Pettis, and how Henderson will have the chance to avenge that loss at UFC 163. Henderson and Pettis’ first fight was a back and forth affair, and Henderson expects a tough fight from Pettis, but plans to dominate all five rounds:
“I won’t lie to you; I haven’t thought about the rematch a whole lot, to be honest,” Henderson said. “Of course you want to erase it, but you’ve got to understand also that you can’t erase things. You’ve got to man up, get on with your life and move on.
“There are other things that take up your time and your energy, such as winning the UFC title. That was first and foremost on my mind. But in the back of my head, of course, I’ve always been looking forward to getting into the octagon again with Pettis. He worked his way back up to the title shot. They gave it to him, so let’s do it.”
Revenge or not, the fight looks on paper to be a potential barnburner. With their first meeting more than two-and-a-half years in the past, both fighters insists they’ll bring an entirely different skillset to the table. For Henderson, it all boils down to attitude, and he thinks the results are going to be much different than the first time around.
“I took it like a man,” Henderson said. “I lost. It happens. The 18-0 New England Patriots, they lost, but they moved on. They got over it. The ’91 Bulls, when they lost, it happens. You have to man up, move on, accept it, take it for what it is. Learn from it, grow better from it, improve from it, and then go out there and do your thing again.
“I’m going to go out there and beat him up. I’m going to dominate him for five rounds.”