"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. He keeps referring to him like, 'I see you. You're doing big things. One day...' 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," Roberts said.
Indeed Pettis did defeat Ben Henderson at WEC 53 in late 2010 to capture the WEC's lightweight title. However since that bout which was defined by Pettis' "Showtime Kick", arguably the deciding factor in a closely contested fight, the two fighters have gone down a different path after the UFC's purchase of the WEC.
Although tough fights for sure, Henderson most certainly faced and defeated the stiffer competition. En route to winning his UFC lightweight title, Henderson knocked off top ranked lightweights in Clay Guida, Jim Miller and the 155lb kingpin himself, Frankie Edgar, in the recent UFC 144 via unanimous decision.
"I don't think he's dodging him, but Anthony feels like he's disrespecting him by the things he's saying. Anthony's like, 'I just beat him a little over a year ago, or a little over a year ago, fair and square, and he's talking like he's so far ahead of me, like, 'Hey kid, I got you in my sights,' and that's rubbing Anthony the wrong way," Roberts said.
Henderson has stated that he believes that Pettis will be ready for a title shot with two or three more wins, doubting that Pettis is his next matchup. Ultimately it is currently unknown who would be the first to contest Henderson for his lightweight title. A rematch with Edgar is possible since Edgar has been campaigning one.