Three years ago at WEC 53 in Scotsdale, Ariz., Anthony Pettis shocked the world when he jumped off the fence and landed what was dubbed the "Showtime Kick" against Ben Henderson for the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Lightweight title.
That kick secured Pettis the win and the WEC gold. That win was also supposed to earn Pettis a shot at the winner of Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title, but injuries ruined the timeline and instead he was matched up against Clay Guida.
Pettis dropped the fight to Guida and has been looking for another shot at UFC gold.
Tonight (Aug. 31, 2013), Pettis not only gets his chance become UFC lightweight champion, but also the opportunity to prove that the 'Showtime kick' wasn't a fluke when he takes on Henderson at UFC 164 in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisc., at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
While some see Pettis as all flash, he's developed into one of the top strikers in the UFC's lightweight division. He throws kicks at very awkward angles and is very creative in using the cage to assist in affecting the timing of his strikes. It's allowed him to throw ranged strikes from inside and control distance better than most.
In this interview, he also discusses the changes made in his training camp, notably that he's been able to work with Ben Askren the whole time to prepare for Henderson's wrestling game.
In just a few short hours, we'll be able to see who has changed most since their first meeting.