The rematch between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis is so highly anticipated, chances are that many fans/gamers have already simulated this fight with their own copies of UFC Undisputed 3.
Almost everyone remotely interested in MMA has seen Pettis' Showtime kick against Henderson in December 2010 when both were in the WEC. Though Pettis didn't KO Henderson with the maneuver, it did help him hand Henderson the second loss of his career.
That said, Henderson hasn't lost since. He's been UFC lightweight champion for 18 months, and he's looking for revenge against Pettis. Gaining retribution won't be easy.
In addition to the fact that Pettis has gotten even better since he faced him three years ago, Henderson will also have to defeat his rival in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wis. The fight should be a great battle of two of the sport's best fighters.
The rest of the main card for UFC 164 is solid as well. Here are the bouts that round out the featured attractions in Milwaukee:
- Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
- Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida
- Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
- Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
Pettis' confidence, all-around game and the hometown advantage will be significant factors. Henderson has been fighting too safely since he won the title from Frankie Edgar in February 2012. It is the reason his wins have come by such narrow margins in his title defenses against Edgar and Gilbert Melendez.
I predict Pettis' athleticism, dynamic striking and world-class grappling will allow him to get the better of Henderson again. If you want to watch the result of the simulation, stop reading now.
If you don't care to watch the video and just want to know the result, Pettis defeated Henderson by unanimous decision. Pettis had him hurt on two occasions and nearly submitted him in the fifth round. Henderson had marks under both eyes, and Pettis clearly won the fight.
Will history repeat itself in reality and virtual reality? Tune into UFC 164 on pay-per-view to find out.
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