Fans in Milwaukee traded in their beer brats for brutal beatdowns tonight as a result of UFC 164 rolling into town. The card was full of interesting match-ups including appearances from hometown boys Erik Koch and Anthony Pettis, the latter of whom got a shot at UFC gold in the evening’s main event against lightweight king Benson Henderson. While the 26-year had a chance to score a divisional strap after watching similar shots slip through his fingers in the past, the bout also gave“Bendo” an opportunity to avenge a 2010 outpointing featuring Pettis’ infamous “Showtime Kick”, meaning both men have more at stake than simply gold in the scrap.
Ironically, it was Pettis’ submission game scoring him the victory, as he locked up an Armbar in the opening round forcing Henderson to verbally tap out.
Also on tap at the show, Koch collided with Dustin Poirier, while seasoned heavyweights Frank Mir and Josh Barnett are scheduled to square off in the evening’s co-headliner. Koch and Poirier went to war for fifteen action-packed minutes with “The Diamond” exiting with a Unanimous Decision nod. Meanwhile, Mir looked strong in the opening ticks of his tilt with Barnett but ate a knee in the opening round that sent him to the mat. The ref quickly jumped in to intervene, awarding Barnett the TKO win, though Mir was standing in a matter of seconds and complaining about the decision to stop the scuffle.
Read below for a full rundown of UFC 164 outcomes:
Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture via Unanimous Decision
Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang via Unanimous Decision
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Tim Elliott def. Louis Gaudinot via Unanimous Decision
Gleison Tibau def. Jamie Varner via Split Decision
Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch via Unanimous Decision
Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir via TKO Round 1 (Knee)
Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via Verbal Submission Round 1 (Armbar)