Coach: ‘Showtime’ kick a fluke

Monday, July 22, 2013

Anthony Pettis first fougth Benson Henderson for the final WEC lightweight title in a grueling back and forth five round decision, however, the only moment people remember is the ‘Showtime’ kick. Anthony Pettis jumped off the cage wall and landed a flush kick to Henderson that sent him to the mat, but Henderson’s coach doesn’t believe the kick was as spectacular as most think:

“It was a fluke,” he said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “It’s like getting caught with a punch. All the best fighters have lost, you know what I mean? How many times has Anderson Silva seen the Ryo Chonan heel hook? How many times is he going to see Chris Weidman catching him with that hook? If you’re great, if you compete with the best people in the sport, you are going to have an unfortunate moment at some point. And they’re going to replay it and talk about it, but it’s just another moment. It’s one speck of time. There was 24 minutes and 59 seconds of that fight that still went on.

“The thing that I remember about the ‘Showtime Kick’ or whatever you want to call it, is that Ben got up and was on a single leg to finish the fight,” he continued. “He was going to get that single. He was getting that takedown. It there’s 15 more seconds, Anthony’s on his back.”

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