UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis may be a top contender but in reality he’s spent a grand total of about four minutes in the Octagon over the last 18 months. While that was all the time Pettis needed to finish both Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone, “Showtime” is anxious to show off some new skills when he battles Benson Henderson at UFC 164.
Of course, he knows “Bendo” will also have a few tricks up his sleeve he didn’t possess the first time the two faced off.
“[Henderson is] a whole new fighter, a way different fighter than he was in the WEC days. But I am, too,” explained Pettis in an interview with MMAFighting. “It’s not like I’m the same Anthony Pettis you fought in Arizona. This is a totally different Anthony Pettis. It’s funny because my last two fights, the world only got to see me perform for like two minutes, so no one really knows how much I’ve evolved as a fighter. I’m excited to get out there and show what I’ve been working on.”
“Everybody saw what I did to him in his hometown. I’m sure he’s going to bring it,” added Pettis, referring to his 2010 win over Henderson and the jaw-dropping “Showtime Kick” he landed off the cage.
Pettis is 16-2 with thirteen finishes. Comparably, Henderson owns a 19-2 mark with eight submissions but the bulk of his victories coming as a result of the judges’ decision including all three of his title-defenses