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Anthony Pettis Granted Lightweight Title Shot Against Ben Henderson At WEC 53

Following his wickedly entertaining performance against Shane Roller at WEC 50, the WEC has granted Pettis a title shot against lightweight champion Ben Henderson at WEC 53.

Ben Henderson has been waiting to find out who the next challenger for his WEC lightweight title would be, and the wait is officially over. Anthony Pettis has signed on to face the reigning and defending champion on December 16 in Arizona in the main event with the lightweight belt on the line.

The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday, with bout agreements already issued and signed for the December showdown.

Henderson vs. Pettis is expected to headline the card. WEC 53 is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona and will air on Versus. The latest WEC 53 fight card can be found in our fight cards section.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 167: Taimanglo vs. Caldwell 2

Event Date: December 3, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale

Event Date: December 3, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov

Event Date: December 9, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis

Event Date: December 10, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 168: Carvalho vs. Manhoef 2

Event Date: December 10, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

Bellator 169: King Mo vs. Ishii

Event Date: December 16, 2016
Broadcast: Spike