Anthony Pettis' 'Showtime Kick' Is Still The Greatest Move In MMA History
Anthony Pettis' 'Showtime Kick' remains etched into MMA's ultimate highlight-reel and his kick off the fence is still the greatest move in the sport's history.
Pettis produced the most remarkable stunt inside the cage as he jumped off the wall and smashed Benson Henderson with a kick flush in the face.
The bout between Pettis and Henderson headlined WEC 53 back in 2010 - the promotion's last ever event before merging with the UFC.
The two fight leagues had remained separate until Dana White decided to combine both organisations creating an uber MMA promotion, and Pettis vs. Henderson ended the WEC reign with a thrilling five-round war.
Pettis was attempting to snatch the WEC belt away from Henderson as he rolled up into his opponent's backyard of Glendale, Arizona.
They traded shots for four grueling rounds and as WEC's existence waned amidst the final 64-seconds, Pettis ran up the side of the cage and floored Henderson with a devastating head-kick. His ability to create something out of nothing was perfectly encapsulated by this innovative moment.
His move sent shock waves through the MMA bubble and spilled into the mainstream garnering wide acclaim from the masses.
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After defeating Henderson inside the famous blue cage, Pettis went onto beat his rival for a second time but this time for the UFC title.
He submitted Henderson in the first round to become a UFC champion in 2013.
Pettis, meanwhile, hasn't fought since his decision defeat to Nate Diaz back at UFC 241.