Ben Henderson Saw Anthony Pettis’ “Showtime Kick” Before

Written by Tim Ngo
December 18th, 2010

UFC Lightweight Ben Henderson

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):

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