Dana White and the UFC matchmakers must make this superfight happen.
This now marks the second time Pettis has defeated Henderson—the new champion beat him at WEC 53 for the title in 2010—and officials will want the former titleholder to earn his way back into the No. 1 contender picture.
Dana on what's next for Pettis: "Anthony's knee popped in the fight, so no sense even talking about it." http://t.co/hvMlYe08sV— UFC (@ufc) September 1, 2013
With both of the previous installments in this feud being instant classics with entertaining endings, there is no downside for the UFC when making another potential battle happen.
The key will be Henderson staying focused and winning his way back into contention. If Pettis and Henderson square off again for the title, the circumstances will be much different.
Does a third meeting between Henderson and Pettis interest you?
Trilogies are always easy to sell, and while this isn’t the typical three-part series (each fighter usually gets a win before the rubber match in the third bout), the fans would have no problem getting behind a guaranteed battle.
While it could be a year or more before Pettis and Henderson battle again, the eventual war in the Octagon would be a marquee bout that the UFC officials dream about.