Anthony Pettis delivered a showtime kick that ended Benson Henderson’s run as WEC lightweight champion.
Pettis entered the UFC and was granted an immediate title shot, but the belt was held up between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard putting together their classic trilogy.
So, Pettis decided to take a fight with Clay Guida and was defeated by the veteran, knocking him back in the crowded division.
Pettis will return to action in January, facing Donald Cerrone in a bout that could determine the next contender at 155. Earlier this year, Pettis (15-2) stopped Joe Lauzon.
“It does feel like a long time ago,” said Pettis, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com when asked about defeating Henderson, the current UFC lightweight champ. “Watching that highlight where I’m at now, it feels like an eternity. Watching fights, watching all these guys advance their careers – and I’m in this spot (injured)……beating ‘Cowboy’ gets me back in the mix.”
Cerrone (18-2) has rebounded to post a pair of wins since falling to Nate Diaz, the most recent challenger to Henderson’s title. Pettis-Cerrone will be part of January 26’s UFC on Fox 6 card from Chicago.
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