Anthony Pettis' 'Showtime Kick' Is Still The Greatest Move In MMA History
Anthony Pettis' 'Showtime Kick' has been described as the "craziest thing" to ever happen in a fight by commentator Todd Harris, who watched the jaw-dropping moment unfold in front of his eyes.
With one minute left in a hotly contested five-round championship bout, Pettis defied all laws of physics by jumping off the cage to deliver an airbourne head kick which caught Benson Henderson flush in the face.
While the kick didn't knock out Henderson, the spectacular move won Pettis the round and ultimately the fight to clinch the WEC lightweight title.
On the ninth anniversary of his matrix-like kick, we spoke to Harris who called the fight between Pettis and Henderson.
"That is probably the craziest thing I've seen happen in a fight," he told SPORTbible.
"People do ask me about the Pettis move a lot but it's so unique that I don't think it gets the attention it deserves was as people now seemed to be more enamored with the big KO or submission move.
"Keeping your composure in a moment like that is something that is hard to accomplish because you can't practice that!
"What he did in the moment was a once in a lifetime strike and I'm not sure he even thought it would work. My first reaction was, 'did he just do what I think he did?'
"But the way it all played out and the excitement in the arena made for a moment that didn't need to be talked over although I think we may have all been just floored and looking for the right thing to say. What came out was just pure, organic astonishment!"
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The kick heard around the world spilled into the mainstream garnering wide acclaim from the masses. Pettis' kick remains etched into MMA's ultimate highlight-reel and the greatest move in the sport's storied history.