WEC 53: In-Depth Look at Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis

Written by Tom Ngo
December 16th, 2010

WEC Henderson Pettis 53

The WEC’s swan song will feature a lightweight title scrap between champ Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis. While going down in the record books as the company’s last 155-pound king is a solid bullet point on the resume, it’s not nearly as impressive as becoming co-UFC lightweight champion.

Henderson owns a dominant 12-1 professional record and has skyrocketed up the ranks over the last couple of years. His relentless style and humble attitude have not only made him a fan favorite, but the division’s clear cut top dog. Henderson defeated the talented Donald Cerrone for the second time at WEC 48 this past April to solidify his status.

This will be Benson’s fourth straight championship contest.

Pettis is one of the sport’s most exciting athletes. His unpredictable game has thrilled fans across the globe, however it isn’t all flash when it comes to the youngster. He too holds an impressive 12-1 mark, however has never entered a 5Round title affair.

“Showtime” earned his shot at the crown by submitting veteran Shane Roller in his last outing at WEC 50.

UFC president Dana White previously announced the winner of tonight’s title scrap will take on the victor of the UFC 125 main event between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. That contest will then serve as a UFC lightweight title unification bout in the upcoming year.

The Gambling Gods have pegged Henderson as nearly a 2-to-1 favorite to enter the UFC with title in tow.

The WEC’s grand finale takes place inside the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Versus will broadcast the main bouts live beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

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