A lot is being made out of the fact UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis beat champion Benson Henderson back in 2010 when it comes to selling Saturday night’s showdown at UFC 164 and understandably so. After all, the bout featured Pettis’ iconic “Showtime Kick” and it’s not every day a rematch involves the previous pairing’s winner challenging for a championship owned by the fight’s loser. However, Henderson himself is not dwelling on the defeat on any level.
“It’s not that I don’t care. But the way I see it, some guys talk about how great they were in high school or in college. ‘Oh yeah, in high school I was the man. I did this and oh man, blah, blah, blah.’ Yeah, dude. You’re right, that was cool. Awesome. Good for you then. But guess what? We’re past that now. I’m over that,” said the 19-2 Henderson to MMAFighting. “You’ve got to man up at a certain point and stop living in the past.”
“You can say I’ll close a chapter. You can word it however you want to. For me, it’s just another fight. Go beat his ass. Done,” the 29-year old added, showing his focus isn’t on erasing the past but embracing the present.
Henderson is 7-0 since falling on the scorecards to Pettis including success against Nate Diaz, Clay Guida, Jim Miller, Frankie Edgar, and Gilbert Melendez. Pettis, on the other hand, is only 3-1 after losing a decision to Guida in his Octagon debut and being slowed by injuries since the stumble.