Henderson On Pettis: I’m Going To Beat Him Up

“I was able to man up and move on with my life. It wasn’t anything I was obsessing over. Now that we do get the chance to square off again and once I get my hands on him it’s going to be a fun night for me. Let’s put it that way. It doesn’t matter to me where it’s at, who’s it against, what hometown. Bump all that noise. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m going to beat him up. At the end of the night I’m going to get my hand raised.”

Those are the words of Ben “Smooth” Henderson and his thoughts on his upcoming (August 31rst) opponent Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

A re-match between the two has been one in the making since 2010, when Showtime defeated “Bendo” and not only took his WEC lightweight belt, but also exited the Octagon with a high-light-reel moment (“The Showtime Kick”) at Ben’s expense.

Since their last encounter both have done well, but had completely different careers.

Bendo entered the UFC in 2011 and in 7 fights has gone 7-0 and in doing so, captured the lightweight title in his 4th bout (UFC 144) after only being in the promotion for a little over a year.  

Pettis on the other hand and since entering the UFC, has struggled with nagging injuries and a loss to Clay Guida, which has left him with a record of 3-1. To that point, he has failed to earn a title shot on his own and finds himself in this title match more as a result of accident, then by design, for Pettis is a scratch replacement for the injured T.J. Grant.

All of it aside and regardless of how their match has (finally) come about, this is a fight that fans have wanted to see for quite some time and Henderson is intent on the outcome being different from their last meeting.

Both fighters are dynamic and explosive, but I think I’d give the stand-up advantage to Pettis. That being the case and given their previous encounter, Bendo might be looking to improve upon Clay Guida’s performance and win over Pettis and take Anthony to the ground. In that department, I give the advantage to Bendo.

Regardless of which turns out to be the winner, this should be a great fight and between two great fighters and it certainly shouldn’t hurt that it follows Mir / Barnett.  


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    July 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Bendo, you should try and get your hands on him and work a gameplan. I think Bendo could win this, but if it turns into a brawl to try to try get revenge Pettis will be the 1 with his hand raised again. Pettis I think is superior on the feet, if Pettis can keep it standing and go another strong 5 rounds without gassing he could win a decision or TKO. I think Bendo's only chance is UD

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      July 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Will be a good fight, too bad its a month and 1/2 away still.
      Im surprised we havent seen a Condit Kampman thread yet, or more on Shogun's up coming fight. Of course if Chael cant hump a UD win, he'll get Ko'd by Shogun.

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    July 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    This is for you Brian, sheer genius named "Truth Must Be Told" http://youtu.be/B6yuR0j1Sdw

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      July 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Might be the first Rap song I caught myself singing afterwards haha

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        July 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

        lmao I have a "weakling" fan funny as h3ll, every post Ive made in the past month or longer has this one little weakling clicking, just come out of the woodwork, it'll be ok, speak your mind, Im an open minded guy.
        8)) 8P

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        Brian Cox

        July 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        Entity, have you heard "Paris" or "Immortal Technique"? If not, then you'll definitely be singing that stuff when you hear it.

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        Brian Cox

        July 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        I applaud the effort, but his "mix" is horrible. The music is too far forward and is ahead of the vocal. Whoever produced it for him, if that's the real final mix off the board, should be shot and doesn't understand the first thing about either mixing or mastering.

        The tune would be much better is the music was brought back and the vocal pushed forward.

        Sorry, man. it's just the producer in me. I hate these types of mistakes. Rule 1, hear the vocal. Rule 2, nothing is more important than the vocal. Rule 3, everything else should be balanced and in support of the vocal. Rule 4, vocals should not be synthesized. Rule 5, if the vocals have to be synthesized, because the vocalist can't sing, get a new vocalist.

        If he's around, I think Bryan Fontez would 2nd those rules.

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          July 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

          I hear ya, but he isnt even a rapper. He's an activist. He only did it for their competition at infowars. Not bad for a guy who doesnt do music for a living.
          Immortal Technique was interviewed by Jones. Immortal is a smart SOB

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            Brian Cox

            July 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

            Oh…ok, I get ya. I didn't realize it was just a guy or an activist, I thought it was actual performer. Great for him, but the vocal still needs to come up. lol.

            Yeah, IT is a smart dude. So is Paris.

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      Brian Cox

      July 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Lol…cheers, man.

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    July 21, 2013 at 12:18 am

    what is that sub genre militia rap lol

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    July 21, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I'm picking Pettis to win….IMO he is far more hungrier. I loved his attitude in the Cerrone fight and the way he dismantled him.

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    July 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Pettis….. and that's the end of it!

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      Brian Cox

      July 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I believe you could well be correct, but Pettis has something going for him and that is "winning". He just keeps doing it. Whether it's a great performance or an ugly decision, he gets it done by a combination of luck and talent.

      I think Pettis is the more…."more", if that makes any sense, but he's seems to have a bit of bad luck following him around since last the two met. He's had injuries, promised title shots that didn't materialize and an un-expected loss to Clay Guida.

      I think Pettis should win, but I won't be shocked if Henderson's talent & luck hold out. It will be a great fight, either way.

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