For Benson Henderson, the pain his arm felt was nothing like the one in his heart.
Henderson was denied his chance at moving closer to Anderson Silva’s UFC title-defense record Saturday night, falling to Anthony Pettis for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 164.
“Showtime,” who previously bested Henderson in the WEC, locked in the armbar and forced the tap with just seconds left in the opening round.
“I’ll be back, don’t worry about that,” said Henderson, who had his arm tied up under his shirt following the fight. “No question.”
After successfully defeating the likes of Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez, Henderson (19-3) was working towards surpassing Silva’s record of 10 title defenses. That mark also came to an end earlier this year at the hands of Chris Weidman.
Henderson recently became a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and even had a belt added to his fight shorts. He credited Pettis with doing “a good job of twisting it (the arm), turning it the right direction” and getting the tap.