UFC 164’s main event featured a rematch years in making as Anthony Pettis challenged UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. The long-awaited rematch certainly did not disappoint the hometown crowd tonight as Pettis came away with an arm bar victory tonight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Pettis Submits Henderson
Anthony Pettis waited a long time for his UFC title shot after winning the WEC lightweight crown from Benson Henderson years ago at WEC 53. Pettis made the most of his opportunity, by defeating Henderson for the second time. “Showtime” took Henderson’s belt for a second time after a serious hard body kicks led Henderson to take the fight to the ground. Pettis quickly attacked with an armbar that tied up both arms. While Bendo tried to defend, Pettis forced a verbal tap when he popped the former champion’s arm.
The loss snaps a seven-fight win streak for Henderson, marking his first UFC loss and his first submission loss since a loss to Rocky Johnson in his third ever fight. Pettis has now won four fights in a row and made sure to challenge UFC featherweight champion José Aldo to settle the score from their aborted UFC 163 meeting earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro.
Rd. 1- No touch of gloves tonight and Herb Dean is our referee. Bendo warms early and looks for the takedown against the cage. “Lets Go Pettis” chant has started now. Pettis separated briefly but Bendo immediately pressures forward and connects in the clinch. Pettis again separates briefly but eats a hard legkick and is clinched again. Bendo is looking for the takedown but also landing front kicks to the calf. Winding heel kicks in the clinch now by Bendo. Pettis breaks free and lands a hard body kick. Hard knee by Pettis and he lands four hard body kicks in a row and then gets taken down when he gets too flashy. Pettis attacks with an arm bar with both arms caught and it is a surreal moment as Bendo is forced to tap. What a crazy moment and the crowd explodes in cheers.
Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via submission (armbar) at 3:31 of Round 1