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Ben Henderson slated for title-defense at WEC 53

The word “showtime” will have a completely new meaning for WEC 155-pound champ Ben Henderson on December 16th, 2010. Rather than simply relating to a performance in front of the lights and cameras of an event, Henderson will instead be putting his belt up for grabs against “Showtime”, otherwise known as 23-year old Anthony Pettis, at WEC 53 in Glendale, Arizona.

Pettis, who is 12-1 overall, earned the opportunity with three consecutive victories in the promotion including a submission of respected WEC contender Shane Roller last August at WEC 50.

News of the expected title-fight was reported by Sherdog, though no official word has come from WEC executives on the matter.

The 12-1 Henderson is currently riding a ten-fight win streak with a pair of back-to-back Guillotine Chokes over Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone in his last two bouts. The scheduled match-up with Pettis will mark his second defense of the WEC Lightweight Championship with the first coming against Cerrone this past April at WEC 48.

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