Anthony (Showtime) Pettis proved he has Benson (Smooth) Henderson's number, delivering a stunning submission victory in the main event of UFC 164 in Milwaukee on Saturday.
It was clear Henderson aimed to take the dangerous striker's legs out from under him, pressing the action against the cage, where he chipped away with knees. Pettis, however, soon created enough space to tag Henderson with series of body kicks.
After Pettis wound up on his back due to a cartwheel kick attempt, the Roufusport fighter locked in a tight armbar to capture the UFC lightweight title.
“I felt his arm pop and he said, 'Tap, tap, tap!' ” Pettis said. “But I hit him with four or five body kicks and I saw his face change. So it was the body kicks that hurt him.
“Ben is a tough dude. He made that face that (Donald Cerrone) made. When he made that face, I knew he was hurt. Ben fought it off really good. When it comes to Ben, we'll fight again, we'll have a trilogy.”
A disappointed Henderson tipped his hat to Pettis.