UFC 164: Benson Henderson (-115) vs. Anthony Pettis (+105)
The main event of UFC 164 is a five-round lightweight bout between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis.
Henderson (19-2) is the UFC lightweight champion and he’s defeated Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez in his last three title defenses to affirm his position as a pound-for-pound great. However, the wins over Edgar and Melendez were very controversial and many call Henderson a ”paper champion.”
Still, the 29-year-old knows how to get his hand raised, and he does it by being solid in every area of the game.
A strong wrestler, Henderson also throws vicious kicks and he is also very tough, having never been finished in the WEC/UFC.
Henderson has won seven-straight fights in the UFC since the loss to Pettis at WEC 53, and if he can defeat Pettis, he will prove all the doubters wrong and reaffirm his place as the No. 1 lightweight fighter in the world.
Pettis (16-2) took the fight against Henderson on short notice after TJ Grant pulled out with a concussion. But Pettis definitely earned his shot at the title with his recent kick KOs over Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.
The 26-year-old Milwaukee resident is the best and most dangerous striker in the UFC lightweight division as he possesses ridiculous creativity, power, and athleticism and uses it to knock his opponents out in highlight-reel fashion with never-before-seen head kicks. He’s also very good on the ground with his submissions.
Pettis won the pair’s first fight at WEC 53 and he knows the blueprint to defeat Henderson as he’s done it once already and he can definitely do it again.
One of the most exciting fighters in the UFC, Pettis is an absolute beast and if his knee injury that forced him to pull out of the Jose Aldo fight doesn’t give him trouble, he can definitely beat Henderson again.
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