UFC 164 is going to feature a Lightweight championship title matchup between two of the most athletic fighters in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Ben "Smooth" Henderson and Anthony "Showtime" Pettis. Henderson has the UFC Lightweight title, but, his last loss was to Pettis back in the WEC. Will Henderson avenge that loss and prove he's the undisputed champion, or, will Pettis snatch the title away and leave no doubt that he's the best in the world? Lets take a closer look at these two MMA fighters.
Ben "Smooth" Henderson is walking into UFC 164 and this title defense with an overall MMA record of 19-2. Eight of those wins have come via submission and two via KO/TKO. He has the ability to finish a fight, but, his last 8 fights have all gone to a decision. Including the loss to Pettis.
In order to beat Pettis, Henderson is going to have to be more aggressive and go for a finish. That's not going to be an easy task versus a fighter like Pettis.
Anthony "Showtime" Pettis comes into UFC 164 with an overall record of 16-2. Seven of those wins have come via KO/TKO, another six of those wins via submission. Pettis is definitely a finisher! He's coming off of two exciting KO's. The last one agains a very good opponent in Donal Cerrone and the KO before that was agains another very good opponent in Joe Lauzon.
Pettis has the power to finish, and he has the power to finish high level MMA fighters! But, Henderson has never been knocked out. Henderson's only other loss was way back in 2007 via an anaconda choke in only his third professional fight. Obviously Henderson has come a long way since then.
Henderson is a UFC champion, and he's defended the title three times. You can never count out a champion. The experience gained at the highest level of competition is an extremely useful tool that can be used to get through a tough fight and pull out a victory.
With that being said, Pettis has beat him before, he's been a champion (WEC). The confidence of beating Henderson in the past, along with his athleticism, explosive MMA toolbox, and hunger to become champion once again will fuel his journey to victory.
Look for Pettis to pull off a decision victory by keeping the fight standing and outstriking Henderson. Agree? Disagree? Feel free to comment below.
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