The UFC ends August and enters September with 3 events in an 8 day period. Sandwiched in between the August 28th Fight Night 27 event and the Sept 4th Fight Night 28 event is UFC 164, scheduled for Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 31st. The event headliner is Benson Henderson‘s Lightweight title defense, as he takes on hometown hero Anthony Pettis. The sportbooks have the fight at dead even as we approach the day the two men take the octagon, as Henderson sits at (-115) whiles Pettis is at (-105).
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Henderson is riding an undefeated 7-0 streak in the UFC that has seen him capture the Lightweight belt and defend it 3 times. He has not finished any of those fights, but Henderson’s wins over Nate Diaz, Frankie Edgar and Gilbert Melendez are all good wins to start a legacy with.
Pettis would add to that, as it would avenge Henderson’s last loss, from the WEC in December of 2010 when Pettis won a unanimous decision. Henderson would certainly like to even the score.
Pettis has a lot of small advantages in fighting at home, and he is motivated for a title shot. Pettis also has the confidence of having a win over Henderson, and Pettis does not lack in confidence. One thing that may or may not be a factor is that Pettis had an injury.
Pettis was in the media accusing Henderson of playing it safe to keep his belt, so look for him to try and come out balls out. Henderson in his recent wins, has shown himself to be a very skilled counter fighter, so we will likely see Pettis coming at Henderson.
If Henderson is dominant, the match could look a lot like the Nate Diaz match, with Henderson stifling Pettis offense and picking his spots to do damage and score points with the judges.
Pettis stunned Henderson in their first meeting with a highlight reel kick. He is going to need to hurt Henderson again. If he is unable to take Henderson out,h e is going to need to do damage against one of the best defenders in fighting today. If Pettis can do that, he has chance, but if he cant break the defensive code Henderson presents, people will say he got lucky with that kick the first time out.