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Friday, August 30, 2013
Pettis, Henderson set for tussle

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

MILWAUKEE -- The long-awaited, highly anticipated lightweight title rematch between UFC champion Benson Henderson and top contender Anthony Pettis is now just hours away after each fighter made weight Friday at the Bradley Center.

Pettis weighed 154½ pounds. Henderson stepped on the scale seconds later and weighed in at 155 pounds, making Saturday night's UFC 164 main event official.

It will be the second meeting between Henderson and Pettis. They met Dec. 16, 2010, for Henderson's WEC 155-pound belt. Pettis won by unanimous decision.

Henderson (19-2) has not lost any of his seven UFC bouts since his encounter with Pettis. He claimed the UFC lightweight championship belt Feb. 26, 2012, with a unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar.

A victory Saturday night will extend Henderson's successful title defense streak to four, which would break the lightweight record he currently shares with BJ Penn.

After dropping a unanimous decision to Clay Guida in his UFC debut June 4, 2011, Pettis (16-2) rebounded to win each of his three most recent fights. Pettis is currently ranked No. 3 among lightweights by ESPN.com. Henderson is the top-ranked lightweight and sixth on the pound-for-pound list.

Former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Josh Barnett made their co-main event official after weighing in at 248 and 255 pounds, respectively.

Mir (16-7), a two-time UFC heavyweight titleholder (lineal and interim), is on a two-fight skid.

Barnett, who returns to UFC competition for the first time since March 22, 2002, is 32-6 in MMA. He defeated Nandor Guelmino by first-round submission on Jan. 12 to retain the No. 6 ranking among heavyweights by ESPN.com.

Featherweight contender Chad Mendes (ranked fourth by ESPN.com) checked in at 145 pounds. His opponent, Guida, weighed 146 pounds.

Every fighter on the pay-per-view card made weight.