Anthony Pettis was the last fighter to defeat new UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Now, it appears that “Showtime” will become the first man to try and take that belt from Henderson.
Pettis scored a first round knockout victory over Joe Lauzon in the opening bout at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson Saturday night. In the main event, “Smooth” took the UFC lightweight belt from Frankie Edgar. Now, the two appear on a collision course to face off again.
Back in the final match in the WEC, Pettis delivered a kick off the side of the cage that helped him claim the title from Henderson. Henderson went on to defeat Jim Miller and Clay Guida, earning a shot at the title. Pettis, meanwhile, lost to Guida and was never given his opportunity at the belt, until now.
“We’ve got some unfinished business. Let’s take care of it,” Pettis said. “I was supposed to get a title shot last year.”
UFC president Dana White told those at the post-fight press conference that Pettis would likely be the first man to face Henderson, although he did not make anything official.