The Lightweight pair first collided under World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner, with Pettis edging out Henderson in a close five-round fight thanks in large part to a "Showtime Kick" in the final round that dropped "Smooth."
Three years removed from WEC 53, Henderson now serves as Ultimate Fighting Lightweight (UFC) Lightweight champion, hoping to erase the "stain" on his mixed martial arts (MMA) record that Pettis put their with an exclamation point.
He'll have to wait much longer because now their are two.
Henderson stormed out of his corner with purpose, punching Pettis against the cage and then using the opportunity to work for a takedown. Pettis eventually broke free, but Henderson put him right back in his place.
It was pretty clear early that Henderson was not going to give Pettis much room to showcase his flashy skills.
Once Pettis got some space toward the end of the round, he began to land several solid shots with his feet. Henderson used one of them to takedown Pettis, who from his back maneuvered for an armbar.
Henderson tried to escape, getting to his feet, but he was unable escape once Pettis rolled to his belly. With both arms tied up, and one on the verge of snapping, Henderson informed referee Herb Dean that he was tapping out.
And just like that, we have a NEW UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION!
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