Benson Henderson Loses UFC Lightweight Title by First-Round Submission

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 Anthony Pettis once again proved to be the nemesis for Benson Henderson, who surrendered his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title last Saturday in Milwaukee after a first-round armbar forced him to verbally tap out.

Henderson controlled the opening stages of the fight in a heavily anticipated rematch, but Pettis quickly turned things around by landing four straight body kicks. Pettis then took the fight to the floor and executed a hard armbar on Henderson’s right arm. Pettis’ expertly maneuvered armbar forced Henderson to tap out with just 4:31 into the fight. It was Henderson’s first loss in the UFC.

“Anthony is a tough dude,” said Henderson, whose streak of seven straight wins ended. “He proved himself to be the No. 1 contender and the champion. My arm is killing me, dog.”

Henderson not only gave up his title belt with the loss, but also failed get his redemption on Pettis. When the two fighters first met in December 2010 in the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting finale, Pettis triumphed by landing a perfectly executed high-flying kick on Henderson’s face in the fifth round to take the lightweight crown.

Although UFC’s absorption of WEC soon after stripped Pettis’ title, his infamous kick became signature footage for various fight promo ads and received millions of hits on YouTube.