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UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson was an event ripe with nostalgia. Nearly twelve years had passed since the octagon graced the land of the rising sun, and the site of UFC 144, the Saitama Super Arena, was the venue for the last ever Pride Fighting Championships card. However, there is another fallen fight promotion with ties to Saturday night’s event, but it didn’t use a ring.
Like Pride was in 2007, World Extreme Cagefighting was bought by Zuffa in 2006 and fully merged with the UFC in 2010. December’s WEC 53 was the organization’s swan song, and it featured a title fight between then lightweight champion Benson Henderson and challenger Anthony Pettis.
The fight was an absolute barnburner, with the fight even on many scorecards heading into the last period. In the fifth round, Pettis put an exclamation point on the fight, his career, and the WEC’s run as a whole by executing one of the flashiest and memorable moves in MMA history: the “Showtime kick.”
Fast forward to February 2012, and Henderson has won the UFC Lightweight Title while Pettis is likely the next challenger. Déjà vu, anyone?
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