Few fight fans have forgotten about UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis‘ performance against current champion Benson Henderson when the two competed in a 2010 WEC title-fight. The bout was closely contested throughout, though the one moment resonating with those tuning in was unquestionably Pettis’ “Showtime Kick” off the side of the cage. Pettis went on to win the bout by decision, laying the groundwork for a highly anticipated rematch nearly three years in the making.
Henderson obviously remembers the bout well, though he isn’t as haunted by it as some might think. Rather, “Bendo” has turned his attention towards other opponents and only watched tape of his old effort a handful of times if that.
“I was able to man up and move on with my life. It wasn’t anything I was obsessing over,” explained Henderson in an interview with ESPN. “Now we do get the chance to square off again and once I get my hands on him it’s going to be a fun night for me. Let’s put it that way.”
The stumble to Pettis also came in Henderson’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While their second scrap happens to be in Pettis’ proverbial backyard of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Henderson made it clear he isn’t motivated by the chance to return the favor so much as he is to simply defeat his 26-year old foe.
“It doesn’t matter to me where it’s at, who’s it against, what hometown. Bump all that noise. It doesn’t matter to me,” said the energized Henderson. “I’m going to beat him up. At the end of the night I’m going to get my hand raised.”
UFC 164 is scheduled for August 31. Henderson will enter the bout on a seven-fight winning streak with success against the likes of Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez, while Pettis has picked up victories in his last three tilts ncludingof Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone.