"That's definitely the case," White said about there being little chance for Pettis vs. Henderson III at this point in time. "We have a fight with Ben (Henderson) and Frankie (Edgar) where some people are like (it was close). There's no f—king denying who won this fight. It was a first round annihilation. Kind of like the Vitor (Belfort)/Anderson (Silva) thing."
It's going to be a long road back for Henderson, who dropped his second straight fight to Pettis.
"Showtime" (17-2) ended Henderson's 18-month championship reign in decisive fashion, with a gorgeous armbar towards the end of the first round at UFC 164.
“It feels amazing to be here,” Pettis said after defeating Henderson at UFC 164. “I grew up coming to this arena and sitting in those nosebleeds. Milwaukee made Anthony Pettis. You really can't write a better story than what happened right here tonight.”
Henderson gave up his arm as time wound down in the opening stanza of the UFC 164 main event, and Pettis took full advantage.
“The armbar was there,” Pettis said after the fight. “I grabbed it and I heard him yell, `Tap, tap, tap,' and that was it.”
Pettis immediately called out Jose Aldo after defeating Henderson, but he apparently suffered a knee injury during the fight. "Showtime" heard a pop in his knee while fighting Henderson, so he may be out for an extended period of time.
"I'll be back don't worry about that," Henderson said. "Anthony is a tough dude. He got my arm, he did a good job turning it the right direction, I moved just a hair, that was a high-level armbar right there."