Everything has worked out for Anthony Pettis (16-2) after all. Following back-t0-back title shot losses, due to injury, the Milwaukee native will now headline UFC 164 in his hometown against UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson (19-2) for the title. Following news of top contender T.J. Grant being forced off the card with a concussion suffered in jiu-jitsu training, UFC president Dana White had taken to Twitter to verify the match-up last night.
If you’re unknowing of the first match-up between “Bendo” and Pettis, it was the icing on the farewell cake that WEC served back in Dec. 2010 upon its closing. Pettis brought notary on the sport with his now legendary cage kick to the head of the WEC champ. Pettis would steal the WEC title on the promotions migration to the UFC, snapping a 10 fight win-streak.
Henderson now again looks to defend a title with bigger stakes, as he hopes to continue onto an eight fight win-streak, with his fourth title defense. Pettis of course has other plans as he steps in with a 7 and 1 record as of late, only losing in points to the wrestling style of Clay Guida.
UFC 164 is shaping up to be one of the biggest cards of the year with the highly anticipated rematch, alongside the heavyweight fight between former UFC champs Frank Mir and Josh Barnett. Also inscluding Chad “Money” Mendes vs. Clay Guida.