Benson Henderson’s only loss in the last six years came at the hands of Anthony Pettis.
“Smooth” will get his chance at avenging that defeat later this month when he defends his UFC lightweight title against Pettis at UFC 164.
While the focus is on defending the title, isn’t Henderson embracing the opportunity to get one back on “Showtime?”
“It will be nice to get my hands on him, but it’s just another fight,” said Henderson earlier this week during a conference call. “Just another fight.
“You want to get losses back, but you can’t really get losses back. You just have to move on, man up in life.”
In the final WEC match, Pettis earned a decision victory over Henderson for the lightweight title. The bout was tight, as both fighters won two of the first four rounds.
The last five minutes, though, belonged to Pettis after he delivered his “Showtime kick” off the cage. The move is a constant reminder to Henderson and a moment captured in most highlight reels.
“That’s just the way life goes sometimes,” Henderson said, reflecting on the match and fateful kick. “One small moment. You prepare yourself for weeks and weeks, months and months to get ready for one moment.
“Hopefully, you don’t falter during that moment. For me, the whole fight was pretty close. Anthony let it all out, landed a pretty cool kick and ever since (that match), I’ve been working to redeem myself.”
Henderson feels he earned that redemption by “winning the belt and defending it. That was redeeming myself, making other great, spectacular moments.”