Anthony Pettis: If I was Ben Henderson, I wouldn't want to fight me eitherPosted on February 28, 2012, 12:22 PM by Joey Santosus
"If I was him, I would say the same thing too. I mean, he just won the belt and he doesn't want to give it up that quick and if he fights against me, he's not going to hold on to that belt for awhile, I mean, I match up bad for him, and for (him to say) I need to work on my takedown defense, last year he couldn't take me down and we went five rounds and I won that decision. So, if I was him, I wouldn't want to fight me either.
Let's set this up, let's see who's really number one in the lightweight division. I'm the last guy to beat him and I just had one of the best performances of my life, so let's make this happen. He definitely got a lot better, but I got a lot better too, everybody gets better in a year. I don't really see too big a changes, I don't think it's going to be one of those fights where he's just going to come in and dominate." - For more from Anthony Pettis, visit Pro MMA Radio (transcribed via MMAMania.com)
If Anthony Pettis were Benson Henderson, he wouldn't want to fight Anthony Pettis either. At least, not if he plans to hold on to the title.
That's according to "Showtime," who UFC President Dana White named as the "probable" number-one contender for Henderson's newly acquired throne following UFC 144. Meanwhile, on the same night, Henderson went on record stating that, in his opinion, Pettis wasn't ready to challenge for the title, and should spend some time working on his takedown defense.
Of course, should the bout materialize, it won't be the first time the two Lightweight stand-outs have met inside the cage. At WEC 53, the promotion's final event, Henderson was dethroned by Pettis after five close rounds of action culminated in the now famous "Showtime Kick," which saw the Roufusport product catapult himself off of the cage and floor "Smooth" with a well placed roundhouse kick to the face.
Now, little more than one year later, Henderson once again sits atop the division, with the only fighter to defeat him in the past five years hot on his heels. So what's the word LowKick'ers? Is "Showtime" still the man to beat the man, or has Bendo's game evolved beyond Pettis' reach?
Further Reading: Who's Next? 5 Possible Contenders for Ben Henderson's Title