Anthony Pettis had the guts to throw a kick for the ages in what can only be described as a leap of faith.
In the closing minute of a memorable five-round affair, with the outcome still very much in doubt, Pettis ran up the side of the cage, sprang forward in one fluid motion and delivered a clean kick to the head of WEC lightweight king Benson Henderson. The blow dropped the champion flat, and though it did not finish the fight, it paved the way to a unanimous decision for Pettis in the WEC 53 headliner on Thursday at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
All three judges scored it for Pettis, 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46. He will meet the winner of the upcoming UFC 125 matchup between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard in a unification bout sometime in 2011.