Henderson vs. Pettis 1: By the Numbers

A look back at one of the best fight cards of 2010...
On December 16th, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting held its final event in Glendale, Arizona, where local Benson Henderson faced Anthony Pettis for the lightweight title in the main event (watch the fight).

On Saturday, August 31, 2013 at UFC 164, Henderson and Pettis will meet again in the main event with the lightweight title on the line, this time in Pettis' Milwaukee backyard. Pettis stole "Smooth's" belt away once after a five-round thriller -- will he do it again?

From bonuses to belts, WEC 53’s stacked card has since flooded the UFC’s ranks with talent that has taken over the lighter weight divisions. Here, some facts and figures about that event and its fighters:

Number of WEC 53 fighters who are now UFC champions (Benson Henderson, lightweight; Dominick Cruz, bantamweight; Renan Barao, bantamweight-interim)

Number who currently have title shots lined up (Anthony Pettis at UFC 164; Eddie Wineland at UFC 165)

UFC post-fight bonuses awarded to men in the WEC since they came over

Combined UFC wins of the 22 fighters from that event after the WEC merged with the UFC

Amount, in dollars, of those 26 bonuses

Amount, in dollars, of that belonging to Donald Cerrone for his 3 FOTN, 2 KOTN, and 1 SOTN hauls

Rank of Henderson among lightweights with best takedown accuracy

Percentage of takedown attempts achieved by Henderson in the first pairing (out of 10)

Percentage of takedown attempts achieved by Pettis (out of 2)


Number of fighters at WEC 53 who are still in the UFC

Number of fighters at UFC 124, which took place the same month, who are still in the UFC

Number of WEC 53 fighters who now have a column on (Dan Downes, The Downes Side)

Time in minutes that Benson Henderson has fought inside the UFC Octagon, with all wins coming by decision

Time in seconds Anthony Pettis has fought in his last 2 performances, which were both Knockouts of the Night

Number of seconds left in the WEC 53 main event when Anthony Pettis landed his now-famous Showtime Kick

Number of knockdowns scored in Henderson vs. Pettis 1 -- the one caused by said Showtime kick


Matrix-like leg attacks from Pettis in the UFC -- “Showtime Knee” on Cerrone, one-handed cartwheel kick on Cerrone, and a bounce-off-the-Octagon-twisting-kick-to-the-face to Clay Guida

Significant strikes thrown by WEC 53 alumni Brad Pickett and Eddie Wineland at each other in a slugfest decision at UFC 155

Submission attempts made by Ivan Menjivar in the UFC

Number of those that resulted in submission wins

Percentage of those two finishes that earned him Submission of the Night bonuses

Number of significant strikes landed by Henderson in the first fight

Number landed by Pettis

Total number of submission attempts made in that bout -- 4 by Pettis, 2 by Henderson


Pink mohawks inside the Octagon between Scott Jorgensen’s 6 UFC fights and Bart Palaszewski’s at UFC 137

Percent of Brad Pickett’s Octagon appearances that have earned bonuses

Number of UFC fighters who wear breakaway tuxedos at weigh-ins (Danny Castillo)


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