Anthony “Showtime” Pettis to Fight for the UFC 155lb Belt in his Hometown
Often times in Mixed Martial Arts while training for a big fight an injury will occur which can sometimes mean missing the opportunity of a lifetime or worse yet it could potentially be career ending. However, every now and then an injury can be a blessing in disguise not just for the fighter but also for the fans. Earlier this year, while training for his fight with Jose Aldo for the UFC 145 title, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a knee injury. Luckily the injury didn’t require surgery but would indefinitely take enough time to recover that he would miss the scheduled August 3rd fight. Pettis spoke adamantly about wanting the opportunity to fight the UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson for the title at UFC 164 on August 31st in Milwaukee if something should happen to Henderson’s scheduled opponent T.J. Grant. Almost as if the stars aligned for Pettis, Grant was injured while getting ready for his bout with Henderson and now Pettis would get the chance to fight for the UFC 155lb belt in front of his hometown crowd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Pettis is one of the top ranked lightweights and has wanted the opportunity to fight Henderson since Benson won the belt. And for fans this is the fight we have wanted as well, the two have met once before back in December of 2010 when they fought for the WEC lightweight title. Many fans will remember this bout as the time they saw the craziest thing they have ever seen in the cage, dubbed “The Showtime Kick” Anthony jumped off the cage wall and landed a round house kick to Henderson’s head late in the 5th round dropping Henderson. Anthony would go on to win the WEC title via unanimous decision. Three years later the pair will meet again in a rematch that has fans foaming at the mouth to see two of the best and most well liked lightweights once again fight. This is a fight that makes the trip to Milwaukee for the UFC 164 card well worth the drive and cost of tickets.