UFC champ Henderson: Onus on Pettis to book rematch, but Cerrone calls dibs

Posted: August 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
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DENVER – UFC light-weight champion Benson Henderson has lost to only one fighter in his past fifteen fights. that is a stretch that runs 5 years.

But he same the encumbrance is thereon fighter, Anthony Pettis, to book the replay.

After all, Henderson (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) presently is concentrated on different challenges, together with former champion Frankie King of England (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), World Health Organization meets “Bendo” in Saturday’s UFC one hundred fifty pay-per-view performer.

Henderson and Pettis (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) 1st tangled within the final event promoted by their former home, World Extreme Cagefighting. Henderson, the regnant WEC champ, born a choice to Pettis – World Health Organization was power-assisted by his now-legendary off-the-cage “Showtime” kick – and relinquished the title before each affected to the UFC in early 2011.

Since then, Henderson has racked up four straight wins within the UFC. In Gregorian calendar month, he edged King of England to win the UFC title, that he puts up for grabs on Saturday at Denver’s cola Center within the replay. Pettis, meanwhile, suffered a loss to Clay Guida in his UFC debut however has rebounded with wins over Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon.

“At some purpose in time, Anthony Pettis and that i can dance within the cage once more,” Henderson same. “Before he retires, before I retire, we’ll dance within the cage once more.

“That being same, it’s on him. It’s his job to induce to the belt level. it isn’t my job to attend for him or open the doors for him. He’s great. he is a good fighter. I take my hat off to him. i am an enormous fan of his. however it isn’t up to ME to mention, ‘This guy’s next. He’s next.’ My job it to beat whoever they place ahead of ME.”

In fact, another WEC vet, Donald Cerrone (18-4 MMA, 5-1 UFC), answered before Henderson did and same he is already got dibs on Pettis. Cerrone, World Health Organization meets fellow light-weight and former coaching partner Melvin Guilllard (47-11-3 MMA, 11-6 UFC) in UFC 150’s co-headliner, has in public campaign for a Pettis fight. maybe astonishingly, their methods ne’er crossed within the WEC.

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) rumored this past week, Cerrone has been irritated he hasn’t already gotten the fight.

“I’ve been making an attempt to fight Anthony for a minute currently, and each time I counsel it, his manager comes back and says, ‘Well, perhaps Cowboy may fight someone else without delay,’ and it’s simply this excuse to not fight,” same Cerrone, World Health Organization did not get that fight at UFC one hundred fifty as a result of a Pettis injury.

For his half, Pettis’ manager, electro-acoustic transducer Roberts, same they are hospitable the bout.

“He’s undoubtedly not running from ‘Cowboy,'” Roberts same. “Anthony is running for whoever has the belt, and sadly for ‘Cowboy,’ it’s ne’er been him. however having same that, if ‘Cowboy’ wins his fight, and (UFC matchmaker) Joe sylva tells North American country beating him goes to induce North American country a title shot, Anthony would lief settle for that fight.”

For a lot of on UFC one hundred fifty, check up on the UFC Rumors section of the location.

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