Anthony Pettis lands the "Showtime Off-the-Wall" kick against Ben Henderson at WEC 53 in on Dec. 16, 2010 at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
"The way he does things, man, he's spectacular. He does a lot of big moves. But I think there's a line. I don't think he's first in line. I'm going to handle my business, defend the belt a couple times. He's going to handle his business, I'm sure he'll get two or three more wins, maybe highlight reel wins, maybe sturdy wins against solid wrestlers who he can show that he's been working on his takedown defense or whatever. But he's going to do his thing, I'm going to do my thing. I'm sure we will match up one day and I'm sure it will be for my UFC belt. I don't know if it will be next but I'm sure it will happen."
-- After defeating Frankie Edgar in a back-and-forth war of attrition at UFC 144 last night (Sat., Feb. 25, 2012) in Japan, Ben Henderson is the new lightweight champion. That's quite a feat for the former WEC king, who took the Octagon by storm and won the title by running through his first three opponents before taking down "The Answer." It's fascinating because "Bendo" entered the UFC having lost his WEC title in the final -- and perhaps best -- fight in that promotion's history, a decision loss to Anthony Pettis. Poetically enough, they have both quickly risen through the ranks of the UFC, though "Showtime" suffered a loss in the process. Now that Henderson is champ, the Duke Roufus trained Pettis may very well be the next challenger for him in a rematch that has "Fight of the Year" written all over it. It's a tempting play for the powers that be, too, considering the mileage they could get out of just playing Pettis' "Showtime Off-the-Wall" kick from the first fight on a loop during promos. It's a rematch that will sell itself and when marketed properly, could turn two of the sport's brightest young men into bonafide superstars. But "Smooth" doesn't believe Pettis is next in line for a title shot, instead thinking he needs to win a few more fights first. Anyone agree with that assessment? Or would you like to see these two tango again right now?