Benson Henderson: “I haven’t thought about the rematch a whole lot.”

Benson Henderson: “I haven’t thought about the rematch a whole lot.”

A lot has been made out of the rematch aspect involved in UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson’s upcoming bout with Anthony Pettis at UFC 164. Their original encounter in WEC was one of the year’s top tilts and featured Pettis landing his iconic “Showtime Kick” off the fence. However, Henderson himself isn’t spending a lot of time thinking about the chance to avenge the loss so much as the opportunity to continue his winning ways in the Octagon

Henderson told MMAJunkie:

“I won’t lie to you; I haven’t thought about the rematch a whole lot, to be honest. Of course you want to erase it, but you’ve got to understand also that you can’t erase things. You’ve got to man up, get on with your life and move on.”

“There are other things that take up your time and your energy, such as winning the UFC title. That was first and foremost on my mind. But in the back of my head, of course, I’ve always been looking forward to getting into the Octagon again with Pettis. He worked his way back up to the title shot. They gave it to him, so let’s do it.”

“I took it like a man. I lost. It happens. The 18-0 New England Patriots, they lost, but they moved on. They got over it. The ’91 Bulls, when they lost, it happens. You have to man up, move on, accept it, take it for what it is. Learn from it, grow better from it, improve from it, and then go out there and do your thing again.”

Pettis’ shot at going 2-0 against Henderson is scheduled for his hometown of Milwaukee on August 31.