There is no one in mixed martial arts who is defined by a single move in the way that Anthony Pettis is. In the final lightweight title bout in WEC history, ‘Showtime’ pulled off a kick that will go down in the record books as arguably the most thrilling maneuver to ever be pulled off in the sport. Because of how spectacular that kick was, folks tend to ignore the fact that the idea of Anthony Pettis is a little bit better than the real thing.
For all the admittedly justified talk about how he’s one of the most diverse strikers in the UFC, it’s worth noting that his weak wrestling and lack of quality victories to date makes the likelihood of him defeating Benson Henderson tonight very small. Pettis’ two biggest wins in the UFC came against guys who just lost matches versus opponents that were ranked below them.
Will Pettis prove the doubters wrong tonight? We’ll all find out together.
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Tim Elliott def. Louis Gaudinot by unanimous decision
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss by KO at 3:58 of Round 1
Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang by unanimous decision
Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov by TKO at 1:34 of Round 3
Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture by unanimous decision
Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman by submission at 0:57 of Round 1