Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis were destined to meet again since the first time they faced off against each other. They had a fantastic battle over the WEC lightweight championship back at WEC 53. We all know what transpired that night. Anthony Pettis was able to defeat Benson Henderson is a five round war and pulled off the infamous “Showtime” kick off the cage.
We all know that TJ Grant earned a title shot by defeating Gray Maynard at UFC 160 but he’s still relatively green with the UFC fans and he will certainly get his title shot once he’s healed up. Perhaps a bout with Josh Thomson would be a smart decision instead of facing the winner. Thomson is a top lightweight and a bout with them would produce fireworks.
Anthony has proven that he’s the true number one contender in the division and with the main event taking place in Pettis’ hometown of Milwaukee, you can expect a packed house to be in the favor of Pettis.
Benson Henderson has proven to be a fighting champion, but unfortunately with all of his title matches (besides with Diaz) being so close and competitive. It’s hard for fans to connect with the champion. Benson needs this match to prove that the first bout with Pettis was surely a fluke.
Both competitors will bring out the best out of each other. Look for Henderson to throw plenty of leg kicks and Pettis to throw another cartwheel kick or maybe even try to pull off the “Showtime” kick once again.
This fight will no doubt be a great bout and will end up being one of the focal points for the lightweight division. Get excited.