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  • 02-07-2013, 07:58 PM
    FFFRpickup
    I see a few peopel saying bendo won that the fight. i havent watched pettis/bendo the fight since it happened. my recollection of the fight was pettis starting slow and getting stronger as the fight went on. I dont recall bendo close to finishing pettis but do recall pettis almost finishing twice and peopel commenting on bendos aiblity to not be knocked out or submitted. Bendo had a perfect rythem then pettis stole it and ran away with it. just my two cents on that.

    As for Pettis choosing an opponent better suited to him and taking the easy way out. I think thats total bull. He cant afford to wait for title shot like some people. the kid is confident with good reason. he has beaaaten the champion before and the champion (in my recolection) has not demanded a rematch like a champion should..instead taken whats given to him. I believe Hendo was afraid to push a rematch...or else as champion he would have requested one after he beat diaz and pettis beat lauzon. that would of made sense to me. instead we see a strong wrestle beating another diaz....again. OH and we get to see his wrestle again agaist melendez.

    I believe Pettis will go down and beat aldo....come back and beat hendo holding both titles simultaenously. yes its a bold prediction.....backing up a BOLD kid with skills to back up everything he says. my two cents.
  • 02-07-2013, 06:39 PM
    dbader08
    BEN HENDERSON VS ANTHONY PETTIS FIGHT VIDEO – WEC 53 « mma versus

    Just re-watched it...I scored rounds 2, 3, and 5 for Pettis. In my opinion all of the first 4 rounds were pretty close.

    Bendo controlled alot of the first round but Pettis clearly landed the most effective strike by rocking Bendo with about 25 seconds left. But ya gotta give the round to Henderson based off of the large portion of the round he controlled.

    The 2nd round was very close, but I gave it to Pettis because he landed the more effective strikes imo. Bendo was able to clinch fuck Pettis and land some knees to the legs, but the thing is, Bendo had to work really hard to get underhooks when he had them, and couldn't complete any of the takedowns he tried. And when they would seperate Bendo would look a little winded and Pettis didn't seem to have lost and spring in his step at all from the knees Henderson was landing, so I didn't personally put much stock in them.

    The 3rd was cleary Anthony's round. He didn't do alot of damage but he had Bendo's back the entire round and landed some decent punches to the body.

    The 4th was another close round in my opinion, but I gave it to Bendo due to controlling the round more and having Pettis in a deep RNC. Anthony had Ben in a deep guillotine late and should have bailed and got top position, but instead he was overzealous and
    Ben reversed and put him on his back...but it was another round where Anthony landed the better strikes imo.

    The 5th round was all Pettis and by far the most dominant round of the fight. Before the cage kick, after the cage kick, Pettis had Ben's number in this round. He landed a really hard straight right and a beautifully timed flying knee in this round as well.

    You can make case for Bendo winning if you go by round by round MMA scoring criteria, but I still feel Anthony won even so. I felt like he clearly won at least 2 rounds whereas Ben clearly only won 1. But Pettis definitely won the fight as a whole. He rocked Bendo 3 or 4 times in the fight, completed the only 2 takedowns he tried, easily...and achieved more dominant positions in the fight.

    I put alot more stock into someone rocking someone with a good counter than landing a hard leg/body kick. Plus I just felt like Pettis's strikes were gradually taking more out of Henderson than vice versa. Another thing you have to take into account is that Pettis landed at a higher percentage than Henderson, he was able to find his range much easier than Bendo. Alot of the time, for Bendo to land strikes, he would have to throw 1 or 2 or 3 to set up a strike to land. Pettis could enter range more comfortably, and thus land his 1st and 2nd strikes more often.
  • 02-07-2013, 05:16 PM
    SimpleJack
    I just looked at FightMetric again and it's AMAZING how lopsided 1/2/4 were in favor of Henderson. But, I will have to rewatch as well.
  • 02-07-2013, 05:01 PM
    dbader08
    Gotta agree with Pettis here. Aldo has been more impressive than Bendo at this point in his career imo. He already beat Henderson once and I think he'll do it again when they fight...so why not go down and fight Aldo with the Benson-Melendez fight still a pretty good ways off?

    ^Simplejack I've watched the fight a couple times and remember thinking both times that Pettis won 3 rounds but I'm gonna look it up now and watch it again.
  • 02-07-2013, 04:58 PM
    SimpleJack
    Quote Originally Posted by dbader08 View Post
    I thought Pettis won the 1st fight.

    People saying Pettis won the fight because of the showtime kick? Pettis clearly won the last round, before that kick even happened. Bendo was backpeddling away while Pettis non-shalantly dropped his hands and ran up the side of the cage, jumped off of it, and kicked him in the face. Why was Bendo backing up? Because Pettis was doing much better at that point. That round was all 10-9 Pettis with a showtime kick or not. Outstruck Ben 18-2 in Sig strikes and 52-5 in total strikes...and you could tell it was just controlled by Pettis in general, you could tell he had more confidence than when the fight started whereas Bendo had a worried look on his face.
    I had Henderson winning 1, 2, and 4. Pettis won 3 EASILY and 5 was his too.

    Pettis did JACK in 1 and 2.
  • 02-07-2013, 04:55 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    Bendo's game has grown so much since the first fight against Pettis and we've really only seen Pettis fight strikers since he dropped the Guida bout. I think that Bendo has opimized his tools in a way that make him a FAR TOUGHER TEST to Pettis, when you factor in his size and grappling prowess.

    Aldo feels like the more convenient matchup for Pettis's style. Kinda feels like he's taking the easy road against a fellow striker, than a fighter who he was in such a close fight with, whose style is far more challenging for Pettis.
  • 02-07-2013, 04:31 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Anthony Pettis Says Aldo’s a Great Fighter & He’s Here to Fight the Best
    EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Pettis Says Aldo’s a Great Fighter & He’s Here to Fight the Best: UFC News MMA News | Mixed Martial Arts | UFC News | BJPenn | MMA Fight | UFC Fights

    “The biggest reason I never went down to 145 was because of my teammate, Erik Koch,” Pettis told BJPenn.Com Radio. “He was right there for a title shot, he almost fought Aldo. I always knew I could make ’45, but I was wrecking things at ’55 and I never had to drop down. I’ve been reading some of the blogs and people are claiming I’m scared to fight Henderson, but it’s nothing like that. It wasn’t anything that I saw during the fight, like he had a weakness in his game or I could beat him here or do this to him.”

    “Aldo’s a great fighter and I’m in this game to fight the best and fight the fights that people want to see. I think all the fans want to see this fight, I can make ’45. You have one of the toughest guys in his division just wrecking it and he’s considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters. That right there just amuses me and has me interested in this fight.”

    Pettis was on hand in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events center to witness the Aldo-Edgar match-up. They were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 153 in October with Edgar replacing Koch who had gotten injured. This time around Aldo got hurt in a motorcycle accident forcing the fight to be pushed back a few months. Thankfully the fans were sent home happy as the two men battled for five rounds, but ultimately Aldo kept his belt with a unanimous decision victory. Pettis was impressed with both fighters and enjoyed watching them compete against one another.

    “I thought it was a great fight, you had two top level fighters and Edgar is tough as they come,” said Pettis. “You can never count the guy out and Aldo is so clean with his skills. When you have two guys like that in the Octagon it’s going to be a close fight. I thought it was more of Aldo winning, a lot of people thought Frankie had it closer or the judges’ scorecards were off. I thought Aldo did enough to keep his belt, it was a very interesting fight. These guys did work and that’s what the UFC is all about, putting the best in the world against each other.”

    Right now the only thing that is known about the Pettis-Aldo fight is the date the fight will take place. They are scheduled to meet on August 3rd, but the UFC hasn’t announced a venue or whether or not the bout will be televised on pay-per-view or perhaps a UFC on Fox event. White did mention four possible destinations and according to Pettis it doesn’t matter where they fight, he is just anxious for the opportunity to fight Aldo and capture a UFC championship.

    “I’m still waiting on the details myself, I have heard four cities mentioned,” Showtime mentioned. “I’ve heard it could be either Texas, Chicago, Brazil or Vegas. I’m just like everyone else, I’m just waiting to hear where I’m fighting. It’s funny because we won’t know until everyone else knows. It doesn’t matter, I fought Henderson in his hometown. If we’re going to Brazil, let’s do Brazil, if we’re going to Vegas, let’s do Vegas. We can do it in my backyard in Chicago, I’m excited for this fight. It’s one of those fights where I just think about it and I want to train.”

    While Pettis is willing to fight wherever the UFC tells him to, he does have a preference, but the one constant is his desire to fight the best and please the fans at the same time.

    “Chicago is my hometown and I just fought there in my last fight so Chicago is where I want to fight at for sure,” admitted Pettis. “Vegas is the fight capital of the world, I think this is a superfight and everyone wants to see it. You have two guys, one being Aldo who’s been champion for a long time and me, I’m making waves and I feel this is my time and I have to go for these opportunities.”
  • 02-06-2013, 08:53 PM
    Mr. Cornute
    Quote Originally Posted by dbader08 View Post
    I thought Pettis won the 1st fight.

    People saying Pettis won the fight because of the showtime kick? Pettis clearly won the last round, before that kick even happened. Bendo was backpeddling away while Pettis non-shalantly dropped his hands and ran up the side of the cage, jumped off of it, and kicked him in the face. Why was Bendo backing up? Because Pettis was doing much better at that point. That round was all 10-9 Pettis with a showtime kick or not. Outstruck Ben 18-2 in Sig strikes and 52-5 in total strikes...and you could tell it was just controlled by Pettis in general, you could tell he had more confidence than when the fight started whereas Bendo had a worried look on his face.
    I honestly believe the fifth was a close that round. Yes Pettis out struck Bendo but I believe Bendo out grappled Pettis that round, I may have to re-watch that round admittedly as it has been a while. He was back peddling to reset and gather distance if I'm not mistaken not because he was so worried about Bendo.
    Bendo always has a stone face while fighting so I don't attribute it to the fact that he was worried about Pettis.
  • 02-06-2013, 08:22 PM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbo> Rampage View Post
    If Hominick can do it, surely Frankie can... oh wait...

    Aldo was GASSED in the 5th round, he had an infection and a horrible weight cut... Aldo's gas tank has come to question several times, but that fight was an anomaly imo... He fades yes... but in that fight he completely gassed and almost became defenseless.

    Bendo's size and strength would be a huge factor... But we seen frankie find some success with his speed advantage, which Aldo would also have... who deals more damage and has better finishing ability.

    Watch Pettis vs. Bendo. He was able to get the better of ben in most of the exchanges and did well against the TD, Aldo could as well.

    It would be a great fight.
    Bendo has a completely different style of grappling than Frankie does.

    Less explosive and more strength oriented.

    Frankie is all about using the speed to surprise an explosive takedown.

    I felt that Frankie's ever prevalent speed advantage would have gotten negated and it would be down to a grappler vs. striker affair. If the grappler can't take the striker down, he is toast.

    The size difference between Aldo and Bendo is pretty huge whereas Aldo was larger than Frankie.

    Basically, all grapplers are not the same and I think Bendo's style of wearing his opponents down will work alot better than Frankie's method of using speed and crazy movement/angles.
  • 02-06-2013, 08:20 PM
    Kimbo> Rampage
    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    Ben Henderson would be able to tire out Aldo. If Hominick can do so, surely Henderson can.

    Aldo vs. Bendo is a fight I have wanted to see for a long while.
    If Hominick can do it, surely Frankie can... oh wait...

    Aldo was GASSED in the 5th round, he had an infection and a horrible weight cut... Aldo's gas tank has come to question several times, but that fight was an anomaly imo... He fades yes... but in that fight he completely gassed and almost became defenseless.

    Bendo's size and strength would be a huge factor... But we seen frankie find some success with his speed advantage, which Aldo would also have... who deals more damage and has better finishing ability.

    Watch Pettis vs. Bendo. He was able to get the better of ben in most of the exchanges and did well against the TD, Aldo could as well.

    It would be a great fight.
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