UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson says that his previous loss to Anthony Pettis is nothing more than a distant memory.
Henderson will have the chance in August to avenge that defeat – his last – when the two collide in the main event of UFC 164 in Milwaukee.
Originally, “Smooth” was to face TJ Grant, but an injury knocked Grant out and allowed for the last WEC champion to claim his long-awaited UFC title fight.
“I was able to man up and move on with my life (following the loss),” said Henderson, in an interview with ESPN. “It wasn’t anything I was obsessing over.”
Henderson will be taking on Pettis in his own backyard, as the challenger trains in Milwaukee. That, though, is nothing new for the champion, who defeated Gilbert Melendez earlier this year in San Jose, near his MMA-based home of San Francisco.
“It doesn’t matter to me where it’s at, who it’s against, what hometown,” he said. “Bump all that noise. I’m going to beat him up. At the end of the night, I’m going to get my hand raised.”