[VIDEO] Anthony Pettis Speaks on His Strategy Against Henderson at UFC 164
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.01.2013
Pettis submitted Henderson in the first round...
New UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis appeared on the post-fight show on Fox Sports 2 for UFC 164 to talk about his first round submission win over former champion Benson Henderson. Below are some highlights and a clip of the segment:
Pettis on his strategy: "I knew Benson would shoot for the takedowns. I was worked on my strikes and land some kicks and I knew it would tire him out. The biggest thing was to not kick until we were comfortable with my takedown defense. I showed him like I was going over the top but I went up the center and hit him, and I saw his face change, and I just went from there."
Pettis' thoughts on submitting Henderson: "I was surprised myself that he tapped. The first time we fought I got him in a kimura and put his arm behind his head and he didn't tap out. I heard him say ‘tap' and I felt his elbow pop, so I let him go."
Pettis on who he wants to fight next: "It's up for the UFC. Jose Aldo's coach called me out and said I faked my injury. I didn't fake the injury. I want to fight him. I'll do it at 145 or if he wants to do it at 155."