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UFC Champ Anthony Pettis 'Not Impressed' with Bendo's Win over Josh Thomson

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John HeinisSenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2014

Many fighters were less than thrilled to see former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson be awarded another close split decision against Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10. 

Not surprisingly, old "Bendo" rival and current UFC 155-pound top dog Anthony Pettis didn't think much of Henderson winning another hotly-contested bout:

I am not impressed....#GSPvoice

— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) January 26, 2014

In case you're new to the sport, back at UFC 63 in in September 2006, Georges St-Pierre entered the cage to congratulate then-welterweight champion Matt Hughes on his TKO win over BJ Penn

Despite the decisive victory, "Rush" told his rival that "I'm not impressed by your performance," although he was glad Hughes won.

The French-Canadian superstar avenged a loss to Hughes from two years prior, capturing his first UFC title when he TKO'ed Hughes at UFC 65 in November 2006. 

As far as the current landscape of the UFC's lightweight division goes, Pettis captured the UFC lightweight strap when he submitted Henderson with an armbar at UFC 164 in August.

The champ was expected to make his first title defense against Thomson at UFC on FOX 9 last month, but he withdrew from the bout due to a knee injury.

"The Punk" opted to stay active rather than waiting for Pettis to return, a move that has him debating if it's time to call it a career, per MMA Fighting.  

This marks the second time in his last three fights that the American Kickboxing Academy standout lost a split decision to a top-five opponent, the other being when he lost to Gilbert Melendez in May 2012. 

Whether it was the right call or not, Henderson has now won eight of his past 10 fights, with both losses coming at the hands of Pettis

At the post-fight presser, UFC President Dana White said the victory wasn't going to be enough to give Henderson a third bout with Pettis, also per MMA Fighting

 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

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