Anthony Pettis beat Benson Henderson in his hometown in the final WEC fight a few years ago.
Now, Henderson has the chance to avenge that loss – and do so in Pettis’ home of Milwaukee tonight at UFC 164.
“Showtime” has been waiting to cash in his title shot since entering the promotion, waiting through injuries and other matches to finally compete for gold.
He knows, though, that having most of the Bradley Center backing him won’t make much of a difference once the two enter the Octagon.
“I won the fight in Benson’s hometown, he can do the same thing here,” Pettis said. “When the cage door closes, it’s me and Ben; my skills vs. his skills.”
Pettis was originally set to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title this month, but a knee injury suffered during a training session with Phil Davis cancelled the fight.
After TJ Grant went down with his own injury, Pettis was tabbed as the replacement – and the rematch was on.
“I feel for TJ,” he said. “I’ve had my share of injuries.”