Ben Henderson To Defend Against Anthony Pettis At WEC 53

By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

After sitting on the shelf for five months awaiting his next task, WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (12-1) has finally learned who he will defend his title against: surging prospect Anthony Pettis (12-1) will enter the cage as a WEC first time title challenger on December 16th at WEC 53.

Henderson is 5-0 under the WEC banner while Pettis sports a similar promotional record of 4-1. Henderson last competed at WEC 48 where he scored a second victory (this time via first round submission) over dangerous striker Donald Cerrone. Pettis meanwhile is coming off an impressive third round submission victory over Shane Roller at WEC 50 just last month.

The glaring difference between these two is the level of competition they