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
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
(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.
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
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.