Anthony Pettis Executes The Craziest MMA Kick Ever (Video)

With a shot at the UFC lightweight title on the line, Anthony Pettis knew he had to come up with something special during his WEC lightweight title bout against reigning champion Ben Henderson last night.  He did just that by pulling off one of the most amazing kicks in MMA history during the fifth round to help seal a unanimous decision.

With the fight seemingly up for grabs after four hard fought rounds, Pettis lived up to his nickname “Showtime” by leaping off the side of the cage and delivering a mid-air roundhouse kick to the head of Henderson, knocking him to the canvas in a daze.  The kick wasn’t enough to end the fight, as Henderson was able to hang on long enought to finish the round, but it was enough to influence the judges, winning 48-47 on two judges’ scorecards and 49-46 on the other.

With the victory, Pettis has earned a spot in the UFC-WEC lightweight title unification bout against the winner of the fight between Frank Edgar and Gray Maynard, which is set to take place at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day.  And if most people thought the UFC champion would simply roll over the WEC champion in that bout, this highlight reel kick may help change a few minds.