Both Anthony Pettis and Ben Henderson claimed big wins at UFC 144 this past weekend, and with their history, people have been constantly asking both parties about a potential rematch. Pettis, who produced that "Showtime Kick" on their first fight, has heard some of the more recent comments from Henderson, and apparently, he wasn't too happy about it.
His manager, Mike Roberts spoke to MMA Fighting about that:
"He's heard some stuff that Ben Henderson has said in the last couple days that really got under his skin. Ben has said some things basically implying that Anthony is beneath him and he has to do all this stuff to work his way back to a title shot... And Anthony's like, 'Wait a minute. I just beat you over a year ago. I put your face on ESPN for a year and you're talking like you're so much ahead of me.' It got under Anthony's skin a little bit."
"Anthony was thinking, 'Ben should want this rematch more than anything,'" he said. "He said if he would've lost like that, he would've wanted it. He's perturbed because he just keeps implying that Anthony is so much beneath him. He respects the fact that he won the belt and Anthony was glad that he won the fight, but he's a little perturbed that Ben keeps talking like Anthony is so far beneath him."
Check after the jump for the comments from Ben Henderson that he was referring to.
Henderson talked to Ariel Helwani shortly after he defeated Frankie Edgar to win the title, and here are the words that Pettis isn't too pleased about:
"He's spectacular. He does a lot of big moves, but I think there's a line. I don't think he's first in line. I'm going to handle my business. I'm going to defend my belt a couple times. He's going to handle his business. I'm sure he'll get 2-3 more wins, maybe highlight-reel wins, maybe sturdy wins against solid wrestlers. He can show he worked on his takedown defense or whatever. He's going to do his thing, I'm going to do my thing and I'm sure we will match up one day. I'm sure it will be for my UFC belt. I don't know if it will be next but I'm sure it'll happen."
Pettis' manager made it clear though that his client doesn't think that Benson was "ducking" his opponent, but he did reiterate that Pettis felt disrespected over those statements. Either way, I guess having a bit of heat between these competitors would make a potential rematch much more interesting for most fans.