Ever since Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title, his run as the world's best 155-pounder has come with an asterisk.
You can thank Anthony Pettis for that.
"Showtime" defeated "Smooth" for the division crown in the main event of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 53, which took place back in December 2010 in what turned out to be the final event for the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, prior to being absorbed by UFC.
Watch the entire contest unfold in the video above.
Henderson would go on to win his next seven fights and establish himself as a dominant champion, but it did little to downplay the vaunted "Showtime Kick" that cost him the fifth and final round of his original battle against Pettis, who had a rocky start to his UFC career.
Now fate has reunited them for the UFC 164 main event, which takes place tomorrow night (August 31, 2013) at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Henderson looks to silence his critics and prove he's the true champion, while Pettis wants to reclaim what he believes is rightfully his.
Who ya' got?
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 164 card on fight night (Sat., Aug. 31, 2013), starting with the Facebook "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1-televised undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then main card PPV action, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
See you on fight night!
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