Anthony Pettis once again managed to defeat Benson Henderson in a title fight.
Pettis, 17-2 (4-1 UFC), submitted Henderson with a first-round armbar, capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight crown in the UFC 164 headliner on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Henderson (19-3, 7-1 UFC) verbally submitted 4:31 into round one, as he was beaten for the first time inside the Octagon.
“Showtime” withstood a relentless clinch game from the champion. He broke free late in the first round and delivered a series of blistering kicks to the body. A wild kick attempt left Pettis on the bottom, Henderson settling in his guard. In an instant, the challenger locked up the arm and, after a brief struggle, forced the submission.
“I felt his arm pop, and I heard him say, ‘Tap,’” said Pettis, who afterward called for a super fight with reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo. “It was the body kicks that set that up. I hit him with four or five body kicks, and I saw his face change. Body kicks are underrated in mixed martial arts. People don’t know how to use them. I’m a traditional martial artist. I’ve been using body kicks since I was 5 years old, so body kicks are [good] moves for me.”