UFC 164    August 31, 2013
Anthony Pettis
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BREAKDOWN

Naturally, Anthony Pettis is difficult to take down. His stance is heavy Taekwondo, which helps his balance and isn't easy to square and shoot on. Cage awareness and athleticism add to that. Benson Henderson really isn't known for a classic double leg, though. He takes guys down through bodylocks or inside/outside trips. Basically, Pettis wants space and Henderson can't give it to him. I think the style for Henderson here is forward. Angry forward. Smothering. Don't abandon leg kicks -- which have turned into a Henderson strength -- even though this isn't a night for him to showcase his ability to fight on the outside. As slick as Pettis' guard is, Henderson is a monster in top position. That's where he needs to be.
-- Brett Okamoto

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