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Is that an eBay feedback rating, or did Anthony Pettis do something special at UFC 164?
Benson Henderson just earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, has been active in grappling tournaments and wore his gi to the Octagon Saturday evening.
Pettis is known as a striker who blends technicality and flash to create a crowd-pleasing style unlike any other.
If there was one area where Pettis would be overwhelmed in this bout, it was on the ground, where Henderson would smother him and rack up points en route to a unanimous-decision victory.
Pettis ended up on his back early, and rather than wither under Henderson's pressure, he attacked with a smooth armbar from the bottom, forcing the champion to verbally tap out and hand over his shiny golden belt.
Despite a relatively anti-climatic finish because of the nature of a verbal tapout, Pettis' performance was absolutely perfect in my eyes. He landed some crushing body kicks before the finish, showing that he could out-strike and out-grapple the champ.
Now that he's 2-0 against Henderson, there is no question that Pettis is the best lightweight mixed martial artist in the world.