It’s been over two-and-half years since Anthony Pettis pulled off the “Showtime Kick” during his WEC 53 bout with Benson Henderson, but its legacy lives on. Not only did the kick possibly turn the memorable and tightly contested bout in the favor of Pettis, but the jaw dropping move catapulted the lightweight into the spotlight (and a bazillion highlight reels afterwards).
Pettis and Henderson are of course set to fight again at UFC 164, and how does the lightweight champ’s head coach John Crouch recall the kick after all this time? Well, while appearing on The MMA Hour Monday, the renowned jiu-jitsu instructor relayed:
“It was a fluke. 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.”
If you haven’t seen Chonan’s heel hook win over Silva that Crouch referenced, you have some homework to do. In terms of the kick, what are the chances Pettis tries to throw it for old times sake at UFC 164? And what would be the odds that he lands it?
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