Sunday, September 1, 2013

UFC 164 Results: Anthony Pettis Beats Benson Henderson for Lightweight title

New UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis (Photo: Sherdog.com)

Anthony Pettis didn’t need a flashy kick to score his second win over Benson Henderson. An armbar was enough for Pettis to become the new UFC lightweight champion on Aug. 31 at the UFC 164 pay-per-view in Milwaukee.
Henderson had been unstoppable since joining the UFC, winning all seven of his fights and capturing the title from Frankie Edgar in February 2012. He successfully defended the belt against Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez.
Pettis finally got his turn to prove that his win over Henderson at the final WEC show in 2010 was no fluke. Pettis won Henderson’s title that night as well, after landing the most jaw-dropping move in MMA history, the Showtime Kick.
This time, Pettis (17-2) used a series of body kicks and earned the tapout by capturing Henderson (18-3) in an armbar from Pettis’ guard.
Not only did Pettis win the title, he picked up a $50,000 bonus for Submission of the Night, according to Sherdog.com.
In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett (33-6) returned to the Octagon after an 11-year absence and beat Frank Mir (16-8) in less than two minutes.
Barnett dropped Mir with a knee and finished him with punches. Mir was not happy that the referee stopped the fight.
Chad “Money” Mendes continued his quest for a second shot at the featherweight title by knocking out Clay “The Carpenter” Guida in the third round. Mendes won the Knockout of the Night bonus.
Ben Rothwell scored a third-round TKO over Brandon Vera and then called out another heavyweight, Travis Browne.
In the PPV opener, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier won a battle of ranked featherweights with a unanimous decision over Eric “New Breed” Koch.

Preliminary fights on Fox Sports 1

Gleison Tibau won a split decision over Jamie Varner in the lightweight main event of the Fox Sports 1 portion of the show. Hyun Gym Lim scored a first-round TKO over Pascal Krauss in a welterweight fight that earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

Tim Elliott won a unanimous decision over Louis “Goodnight” Gaudinot in a battle of top-ten flyweights.  Milwaukee bantamweight Chico “The King” Camus kicked off the TV portion of the show with a unanimous decision win over “Mr. Perfect” Kyung Ho Kang.

Facebook fights

Soa “The Hulk” Palelei (19-3) scored his first UFC win with a third-round TKO over Nikita Krylov from the Ukraine in a heavyweight fight. Ryan Couture dropped to 0-2 in UFC action as he lost a unanimous decision loss to fellow lightweight Al Iaquinta.

Sweden’s Magnus Cedenblad opened the action by defeating Jared Hamman with a guillotine choke in 57 seconds.

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