Seven years ago today, Anthony Pettis pulled off one of the most spectacular moments in mixed martial history.
On Dec. 16, 2010 at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona, Pettis faced off against Benson Henderson at WEC 53 for the lightweight championship. It was the last event in UFC history.
The winner of the bout would earn a title shot against the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard to unify the two promotion’s titles as the UFC absorbed the WEC.
Pettis came away with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Henderson, who had been the reigning champion, but it was specific move that left everyone watching on their feet and in awe of what they had just seen.
With just over one minute remaining in the fifth and final round, Pettis jumped and then propelled off of the cage to land a right foot on Henderson’s kick in what has since been dubbed the “Showtime Kick.”
It was not the fight-ending blow, but it was enough to give Pettis the momentum leading up to the final bell as he earned the decision win.
It remains one of the most incredible strikes inside of the cage.
Check it out below:
As others have pointed out, it is the 7-year anniversary of one of the most insane things to ever occur in a professional fight. I stood with my hands on my head in disbelief for 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/gHgsvZMGk1
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 16, 2017
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