Science Behind Anthony Pettis’ ‘Showtime Kick’ on Benson Henderson

Written by Tom Ngo
August 30th, 2013

UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

Reigning UFC lightweight king Benson Henderson has seen the “Showtime Kick” a zillion times by now – in digital video game form, replays on numerous highlight reel clips heading into Saturday’s rematch with Anthony Pettis (pictured), and of course, in his nightmares.

Just when Henderson thought he had seen the strike he’d like to forget from any and all possible perspectives, ESPN’s Sports Science has broken down the kick heard ’round the world in true nerd fashion.

According to their tests, Pettis using the cage as a springboard allowed him to generate 40 percent more velocity than with a normal kick. In addition, his foot slapped Henderson’s grill at 45mph and with 1,400 pounds of force.

Henderson looks to avenge the most devastating defeat of his career tomorrow at UFC 164 in Pettis’ backyard at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Please click the media player below to watch the scientific breakdown of Pettis’ “Showtime Kick”:

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