It’s not easy being on the wrong end of a highlight that makes it to #2 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays, but former lightweight champ Ben Henderson faced the firing squad with grace following his unanimous decision loss in the WEC’s swan song.
“I don’t really remember it. I saw it as I was leaving [the cage], it was a great kick. It was a great kick, it will probably be a highlight reel for a while, huh?” Henderson rhetorically asked at the post-fight press conference.
At least the former WEC 155-pound title holder understands Anthony Pettis’ off-the-cage flying kick will be in every MMA highlight DVD until the end of time.
It’s one thing to attempt a crazy kick like that in a pro fight, but to execute it in the 5thRound of a hotly contested title bout with a crack at the UFC’s lightweight gold on the line made the move that much more spectacular.
Unfortunately for Pettis, the only thing missing from the “Showtime Kick” was a knockout finish.
“I was fully aware [after the kick], I knew I had a hold of a single. It was a inverted single,” Henderson explained. “I was woozy obviously, I’m not gonna lie. He did a great job of landing the kick.”
Although Pettis was secretly practicing the strike during his WEC 53 training camp, Bendo claims it’s a maneuver he witnessed many years ago.
“I saw it in Mortal Kombat once,” Henderson jokingly stated.
In case you missed it, here’s a clip of the kick heard ’round the world (Courtesy of ESPN):