Saturday's UFC 164 is a solid card. Coming live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the house will be packed with local MMA fans and possibly thousands of bikers that happen to be in town for the Harley Davidson 110th birthday celebration.
The headline fight is Benson Henderson defending his title against Milwaukee fighter Anthony Pettis. By now you probably have seen the "Showtime Kick". Hell, it is the best advertisement for the fight.
This was a Holy Shit! moment. I was watching this fight live that night, cheering on the hometown fighter. As soon as he climbed the cage and connected with that kick, I hit pause and shook my head. Did I just see that? I rewound the DVR and watch it again. And again. And again. Holy Shit!!!
I texted my buddy, asking if he was watching. He said he wasn't. I told him he was one sad sonofabitch because he just missed one of the coolest kicks to date in MMA.
Benson Henderson remembers this fight. He refers to it as "the stain on my soul." It was a great fight, close, with both fighters knowing that whoever won the fifth round was going to win the fight. That is when the Showtime Kick occurred. Though he didn't get the knockout, it won Pettis the round and he left the last WEC champion.
Henderson has gone on to shine in the UFC, capturing the Lightweight title. His fights have been exciting. Pettis hasn't been too shabby, with just one blemish from Clay Guida. Pettis thought he was better than Henderson then and still thinks he is the better fighter.
Henderson is a slight favorite at -125. Pettis isn't paying much at +105.
We should see another great fight on Saturday. May the best man win.
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Clay Guida is coming in as a huge dog to Chad Mendes.
Brandon Vera and Ben Rothwell should be interesting.
Eric Koch takes on Dustin Poirier.