MILWAUKEE – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 164 event.
The card, which features a rematch between lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis, plus a heavyweight bout between former champs Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, takes place at Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.
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Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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MAGNUS CEDENBLAD (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) VS. JARED HAMMAN (13-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC)
Round 1 – The two engage quickly, both firing punches and kicks from the opening bell. Cedenblad circles on the outside, and Hamman looks to attack from the centers. Hamman drives in for a takedown, but Cedenblad hits a beautiful sweep to the top and latches in the guillotine all in one swift move. Hamman trapped, and Cedenblad squeezes until he gets the tap. Slick finish.
Result: Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:57
Recap: Magnus Cedenblad quickly taps Jared Hamman
Photos: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman photos
Referee: Al Wichgers
Judging: Cheryl Clancy, Chris Lee, Rick Winter
RYAN COUTURE (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) VS. AL IAQUINTA (5-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Couture looks to stay at rang early and use his reach advantage. Iaquinta pushing forward. He scores with two left hands to the side of the head. Couture covering well, and he kicks the leg. Iaquinta just misses with a big right, and he kicks low as well. Couture tries to rush inside but eats a left on the way in. Iaquinta looking for the takedown attempts and countering with punches. Iaquinta bust with the jab and mixing in right hands as well. A right lands flush, and Couture staggers. He clinches up to slow things down but can’t get the fight to the floor. Iaquinta catches a low kicks and pushes Couture back. He quickly stands and eats a few strikes on the way out. Iaquinta stalking. He just misses a high kick, but he follows with heavy punches. He looks very confident. Couture launches a flying knee that’s just short. Iaquinta answers with big right hands. Iaquinta’s corner wants him o press forward. He lands a left hand. Couture gets busy and scores with a right hand. Late takedown for Iaquinta, and he finishes on top. MMAjunkie.com gives him the round, 10-9.
Round 2 – Iaquinta pressing early. A low kick sweeps Couture to the floor. As he scrambles up, he moves to Iaquinta’s back, but he can’t hold the position. Iaquinta turns in and eventually pulls away. Couture with a front kick. He’s retreating and looking to time a move inside. Iaquinta the better boxer, and he’s scoring with his hand. Right lands to the chin. Jab scores. Right to the body. Couture not afraid to scrap, and he’s done some damage under Iaquinta’s right eye, but Iaquinta is landing the heavier blows. Iaquinta lands with a well-timed high kick to the face. Couture misses a leaping front kick. He does land a kick to the body. Iaquinta flurries against the cage and lands clean. Iaquinta continues to press. Couture lands a straight right. Iaquinta finishes the round again with a takedown, and MMAjunkie.com gives him the frame, 10-9.
Round 3 – Iaquinta catches an early low kick and lands with a counter punch. Couture misses on a spinning kick, but he follows quickly inside on a bodylock. Iaquinta drops to a knee as he defends the takedown against the cage. Eventually, he spins off the cage and pulls away. Iaquinta still walking forward, but he doesn’t have quite the volume he showed earlier. Couture misses another leaping knee. Right hand lands for Iaquinta. Couture pushes inside, but Iaquinta tries to latch a guillotine. Couture pulls his head free, but Iaquinta unloads on him with heavy bodyshots. Couture showing heart, but he’s getting blasted against the fence. Iaquinta brimming with confidence, and he’s in control. Couture survived the heavy heat, but he’s losing the fight. Iaquinta catches kick and pushes Couture too the floor. He starts punching away. Couture climbs to his feet to finish, but the winner is clear. MMAjunkie.com gives the round to Iaquinta, 10-9, and awards him the fight 30-27.
Result: Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Recap: Al Iaquinta returns from layoff to beat Ryan Couture
Photos: Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta photos
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Judging: Sal D’Amato (30-27), Brian Pucillo (30-27), Otto Torriero (30-27)
NIKITA KRYLOV (15-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) VS. SOA PALELEI (18-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Early low kick from Krylov, but Palelei shoots in on a takedown. Krylov grabs the neck as Palelei elevates him, but Palelei wisely moves to the side when they hit the floor. Krylov tries to adjust into a triangle attempt, but Palelei pushes the legs away and starts punching from top. Palelei stands but then presses back in. Krylov grabs the arm and looks for the armbar before looking at an omo plata. Palelei defends on top and just pulls away while punching. Palelei steps into mount. Krylov rolls and works back to his feet, where he punches away against the cage. Krylov warned for holding the cage, and Palelei moves around to the back. Krylov drops to a knee, and Palelei punches from the back. Krylov counters by looking for a kimura, which he uses to pull free. Unfortunately, he hits the deck shortly after. Palelei again in top position. Krylov looking for options on his back. He slides around to a crucifix on the back but can’t do anything from there. Palelei pulls free, turns in and finishes on top. MMAjunkie.com gives the first to Palelei, 10-9.
Round 2 – Krylov pushes in with kicks, but Palelei retreats and circles off, grabbing the body and pushing over a tired Krylov. Palelei on top and looks for a kimura grip. He lets it go and transitions to mount. Krylov turns again to his knees and then his back, looking for submission opportunities. Palelei stay out of trouble and keeps the dominant position. Krylov crawls up to his feet. They battle in the clinch, and crowd wants more action. Palelei gets a takedown, but there’s not much there, and referee Al Wichgers stands them. Palelei scores witha quick left, but Krylov walks through it and starts unloading a barrage of punches and knees. Palelei looks to be in trouble, but the survives. The action stalls again for a moment before they both start firing exhausted punches agains the cage. Krylov getting the better of it, but they are done. Krylov ducks down for a leg. Round ends there. Not sure which fighter will have something left in the tank. MMAjunkie.com gives the second to Krylov, 10-9.
Round 3 – Krylov rushes forward to engage, but they’re immediately back into a clinch against the fence. An exhausted Krylov drops down for a takedown, and an exhausted Palelei fires short punches to the head. Palelei basically lays down, and Palelei moves into mount. Krylov covering, but the punches are coming in. Wichgers watching close, and with Krylov doing nothing, he has no choice but to step in. Sloppy finish, but Krylov was done.
Result: Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:34
Recap: Tired Soa Palelei stops exhausted Nikita Krylov
Photos: Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei photos
Referee: Al Wichgers
Judging: Cheryl Clancy, Chris Lee, Rick Winter
CHICO CAMUS (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) VS. KYUNG HO KANG (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Round 1 – Crowd firmly behind Camus, the Milwaukee fighter. Camus takes the center. Kang fires out a front kick. Camus answers with a two-punch combo. Good pace early, and Camus lands a right hand. He’s the smaller fighter, but he’s staying busy early. Kang pushes the action to the floor, and Camus pulls half-guard below. Kang postures and tries to move past the guard. Camus rolls and tries to scramble free, but Kang does an excellent job of staying on top. Kang firing big right hands. Camus doing a good job of avoiding most of them. Kang still on top. He drives in an elbow. He switches out to side control. Camus uses his legs to trap the right arm, but Kang slips free and settles back on top, looking to punch. Wild scramble in the final seconds brings the crowd to life, but MMAjunkie.com gives the first to Kang, 10-9.
Round 2 – Kang with an early takedown and settles back into a familiar position. Camus a little more lovely underneath this time. Kang still very heavy on top though. Camus sneaks in a nice upkick that catches Kang’s attention. Camus tries again to slide out but Kang is absolutely smothering him on top. Kang shifts out to side control. Camus scrambles again as Kang tries to look for a submission, and it’s Camus finally on top. Camus goes to work from the top and tries to take back the round. He sneaks in a few short punches and elbows. Kang scrambles into guard. Camus transitions to the back and wraps the neck. Kang rolls. Great scramble, and Kang survives, but Camus is back on top. Crowd chanting his name. Camus finishes on top, and he takes the round with the late work on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 3 – Camus shoots on a leg, but Kang sprawls well. They trade punches, and Camus lands a big right hand. Kang pushes forward with a leaping kick. Good action to start the third. Kang shoots in on a leg, but Camus sprawls and moves to top. Kang gathers himself underneath and drives from the bottom, scoring himself the sweep. Kang smothering from the top again. Camus regains guard, but he’s spending valuable time on his back. Kang not doing a lot from top, and Camus finally gets back to his feet with less than two minutes. Kang shoots on for another takedown. Camus sprawls well, but Kang was baiting him perfectly and switches again to the top. Camus gets full guard, but Kang postured and punches. Camus lands a huge upkick that stuns Kang. Camus unloads a barrage of punches in an incredible finish. He won’t get the stoppage, but he may have stolen the round. MMAjunkie.com says yes, and gives him the round 10-9, awarding him the fight 29-28.
Result: Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Recap: Chico Camus upsets Kyung Ho Kang for home fans
Photos: Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang photos
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Judging: Sal D’Amato (29-28), Chris Lee (29-28), Rick Winter (30-27) (D’Amato, Lee had Rounds 2-3 for Camus)
PASCAL KRAUSS (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) VS. HYUN GYU LIM (11-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Round 1 – Lim walks forward and looks to strike. Krauss stands in the pocket, as well. Lim with the reach advantage, but they’re trading up close to start. Both landing punches early. Lim misses on a front kick. Lim catches a low kick and topples Krauss, but he scrambles up and they reset on the feet. Krauss showing accurate hands early, but Lim answering with stiff jabs. Lim reddened under the right eye. He’s winging big power hooks, but Krauss doing a decent job of avoiding. That changes. Krauss is wobbled and falls to the floor in a delayed reaction. He scrambles up, but he’s still on shaky legs. Krauss shoots in trying to slow things down. Lim backs away and tees off. Flying knee comes in, and Krauss hits the floor. Hinds steps in to halt the violence. Nice finish from Lim.
Result: Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:58
Recap: Hyun Gyu Lim makes easy work of Pascal Krauss in TKO
Photos: Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim photos
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Referee: Rob Hinds
Judging: Sal D’Amato, Brian Pucillo, Otto Torriero
TIM ELLIOTT (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) VS. LOUIS GAUDINOT (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Gaudinot pushes forward, but Elliott catches him with an early eyepoke during an exchange. Referee Herb Dean sees the foul and steps in. They restart shortly after, and Elliott latches the neck and tries to scores a guillotine from the top as he pushes Gaudinot to the floor. Gaudinot pops free and lands an upkick before scrambling back to his feet. Leaping knee for Elliott. Gaudinot having trouble timing Elliott early on. Gaudinot slips, and they push back into a clinch. Eliott connects as they separate. Elliott with a wild rolling takedown attempt that misses. He flurries on the restart an Gaudinot is forced to cover up. Elliott wraps the body and pushes the action to the floor. He sets up in top position. Gaudinot defends well. Elliott backs away and axe kicks the body. Gaudinot crawls up, and Elliott pounds him with knees. Fight hits the floor again, and Gaudinot’s face is busted up. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Elliott, 10-9.
Round 2 – Gaudinot comes out swinging, blood still smeared on his face. Elliott there to answer, and his leaping knees push Gaudinot to the cage, where Elliott does more damage with bodyshots. Gaudinot just misses a spinning backfist. Gaudinot is showing heart, but Elliott is getting the best of it so far. Elliott lands a clean right and then fires in more knees. Gaudinot battles back, landing a solid kick to the leg. Gaudinot still trying to turn the tide, but Elliott drops to the floor and takes Gaudinot to his back. Short elbows from the top from Elliott. Gaudinot trying to work his legs up for a potential submission, but Elliott pushes them aside and continues to grind away from the top. Elliott staying busy with punches. He drops for a leglock in the final seconds, but Gaudinot waves his finger to prove he’s OK. MMAjunkie.com sees the second again for Elliott, 10-9.
Round 3 – Gaudinot leaps in with a right. He’s going to need something special. Instead, Elliott just drags him to the floor and starts again with short strikes. Gaudinot works to his feet, but Elliott stays tight to him and drives knees into the body. Gaudinot finally pull away and resets. He does land a nice high kick, but Elliott walks through it. Elliott drives in for a takedown, and Gaudinot tries to latch on to a guillotine as he falls, but he has to let it go. Elliott sets up on top again, and he’s in complete control. Gaudinot with heart, but he’s getting completely outworked. Short elbows come in over and over. Dean watching closely, but Gaudinot doing just enough to stay in the fight. Gaudinot’s face bloodied, but he’ll make it to the final bell. Still, it’s all Elliott, and he takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9, winning the fight 30-27.
Result: Tim Elliott def. Louis Gaudinot via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Recap: Tim Elliott dominates Louis Gaudinot
Photos: Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot photos
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Cheryl Clancy (30-27), Chris Lee (30-26), Rick Winter (30-26) (Lee, Winter had Round 3 10-8)
GLEISON TIBAU (27-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) VS. JAMIE VARNER (21-7-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Round 1 – As usual, Tibau looks massive. He stalks from the center, flashing out an early high kick that just misses. Varner circling outside, and he kicks the leg. He leaps forward with two punches but eats a counter. Varner trying to be first to the punch, but neither has landed flush just yet. Tibau clips an off-balance Varner, sending him stumbling a bit, and the Brazilian misses on a flying knee to follow. Varner lands clean to the body. Crowd wants them to pick up the pace, as Tibau seems content to counter. Tibau looks to be the more powerful striker, but he’s not pulling the trigger. He drives in on a takedown with one minute remaining. Varner defends, but a second effort sees Tibau score the takedown. Varner works to the cage and gets to his feet. Tibau slips to the back. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Tibau, 10-9.
Round 2 – Tibau fires out a few kicks that miss. Varner leaps in with strikes, but Tibau slips underneath it and lands a takedown. Varner tries to grab the neck as he falls but has to let it go. Tibau smothering from the top. He trying to work past the guard, but Varner holding half from bottom. Tibau does step over to mount, and Varner rolls to his belly. Tibau takes full control of the back, and Varner turns again. Tibau in mount. Varner continues to roll and turn, but he is trapped. Tibau looking for options and trying to work in a choke. Varner making sure that doesn’t happen by adjusting his positioning, but he’s not showing an ability to get free. Tibau settling for positional control, and crowd lets him know they want more. Round ends there, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Tibau, 10-9.
Round 3 – Varner looking to make something happen, and he’s out quickly. Tibau right there to meet him, and the intensity quickly fades. Varner works the body and gets away from the counter. Tibau ducks in for another takedown. Varner pops quickly up and pulls away. Varner busier this round, and he’s showing a willingness to engage. Unfortunately, he can’t get sustained offense going. Tibau misses on a takedown. Varner lands a right hand. Lefts traded, and Varner staggers back a bit. Varner lands three punches, and Tibau wobbles. Varner ducks in and takes the fight to the floor. Tibau holds tight underneath. Varner trying to posture and finish. He’s in Tibau’s half-guard. Varner has to get busier. He’s landing short punches, but he’s running out of time. Varner stands and tries to get the finish, but Tibau kicks him away. Varner takes the final round, 10-9, but MMAjunkie.com gives the fight to Tibau, 29-28.
Result: Gleison Tibau def. Jamie Varner via split decision (29-28, 27-29, 29-28)
Recap: Gleison Tibau survives Jamie Varner rally
Photos: Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner photos
Broadcast: FOX Sports 1
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Judging: Sal D’Amato (29-28), Brian Pucillo (29-28), Otto Torriero (27-29) (Torriero gave Varner Round 1 and a 10-8 Round 3; D’Amato, Pucillo gave Tibau Rounds 1 and 2)
ERIK KOCH (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) VS. DUSTIN POIRIER (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Round 1 – Low kicks traded from the southpaws. Poirier pushing in from the center to start. Poirier clips him with a short punch, and Koch falls. As Poirier moves in to finish on the floor, Koch locks in a triangle choke. It’s in deep, but Poirier battles through it. Koch tries to roll him over, but Poirier somehow manages to wiggle his head free. Tense moments. Koch looks for it again, but Poirier pulls free and gets back to his feet. Fun start, and the crowd shows its appreciation. The engage again, and Koch’s nose is bloodied. Stiff left for Poirier. Big right lands, and Koch drops. Poirier ounces again to finish. Koch showing incredible heart after that massive blow. Poirier pushes past the legs and delivers a diving right hand. Koch crawls up, but Poirier drives him back to the floor. Poirier looks for a D’Arce choke from the front, and it’s deep. Just seconds left, and Koch guts it out. Unreal. MMAjunkie.com gives the first to Porier, 10-9.
Round 2 – Poirier misses a early low kick. Koch looking to trade, and Poirier seems happy with that. Both miss with early power shots. Poirier does land a stiff left. Koch reaches, and Poirier hits him again with a left. Hip toss for Poirier. Koch gets his back to the cage and works to a knee. Poirier slips around his guard and gets full mount. He tries to set up the side choke from there but has to let it go. He postures up and punches away. Koch sits up and holds tight. Poirier looks to advance, but Koch scrambles up to his feet. His shorts are falling down as he defends agains the cage, but we carry on. Koch finally pulls away, and his face is busted up. Koch showing life, and he pops a jab, but the round ends in the clinch. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Poirier, 10-9.
Round 3 – Koch’s right cheek is a mess, but he comes out swinging. Poirier answers back and scores with a crisp left. Poirier pushes in from the outside, and he lands a short elbow inside. Knees traded. Poirier works the body. As they scramble for position, the fight moves to the floor, and it’s Koch who’s in the dominant spot. Poirier holds guard underneath, but Koch works in a short elbow. Poirier looking for a potential submission attempt, but Koch pushes the legs down and lands another elbow. Poirier scrambles and turns o his knees. Koch takes the back and looks for the choke. He briefly locks his arms, but he’s too far to the side and has to let go. Koch very high on the back, and Poirier tries to slip out the back. Koch adjusts and stays on the body. He’s running out of time, but he’s looking for the win. Final seconds, and he just can’t get the choke. Round ends, and Koch takes it 10-9 on the MMAjunkie.com card, but Poirier wins the fight 29-28.
Result: Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Recap: Dustin Poirier back on track, upsets Erik Koch
Photos: Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier photos
Referee: Rob Hinds
Judging: Sal D’Amato (29-27), Chris Lee (29-27), Otto Torriero (29-28) (D’Amato, Lee had Rounds 1-2 for Poirier with a 10-8 Round 1; Torriero had Rounds 1-2 for Poirier)
BEN ROTHWELL (32-9 MMA, 2-3 UFC) VS. BRANDON VERA (12-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC)
Round 1 – Vera takes the center and delivers a left to the body. He fires a low kick, and Rothwell counters over the top. Rothwell tripped by a low kick, but he regains his footing. Vera sticking and moving early, but Rothwell tags him with a right. Vera slams a kick to the body. Vera trying to use speed to his advantage. Rothwell walking forward with heavy unhces. Vera clips Rothwell with a crisp left. He recovers, but he is bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Vera kicks the body again. Rothwell just misses with big punches. Rothwell trying to cut the cage off. Vera moving well and lands a short right. Rothwell kicks the leg. Vera circling, and Rothwell backs away and asks him to stand and exchange. Vera doesn’t bite. Rothwell chasing and kicks the leg. Vera switches stances. Both hesitate to throw in the closing seconds until Rothwell lands a kick to the groin. Brief timeout to close the round. MMAjunkie.com gives it to Vera, 10-9.
Round 2 – Rothwell pushes inside and looks to work from the clinch. Vera backs away, but Rothwell keeps the pressure high. He’s cutting off the cage well and gets inside by rushing with strikes. Rothwell presses in against the cage, but Vera eventually works free. Rothwell immediately stalks again. He gets in tight, and Vera pops him with a short elbow. Short left scores, as well. Vera now getting the space he had to start the fight. Rothwell moves to the center to force Vera to come to him. Vera misses a high kick. Vera looks for a takedown, but Rothwell shrugs him off with ease. Rothwell back into the clinch, and e lands a few punches form the outside, but Vera answers with the short elbow and backs away. Rothwell blocks a high kick. Rothwell misses a leaping left. They trade punches at the end, and Rothwell delivers a high kick at the bell. Closer round, but MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Rothwell, 10-9.
Round 3 – Rothwell with an early kick to the body. He seems hurt, and Rothwell pushes forward. Knees traded inside. Rothwell complains that Vera is stalling, and referee Herb Dean steps in to reset them. Rothwell starts bobbing his head and decides to wush forward. He slops the first time, but he’s successful the second. He’s unleashing strikes as Vera wilts again the cage. Vera in trouble, and Rothwell pours it on. Vera hits the deck, and Rothwell follows with punches until Dean calls the fight.
Result: Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:54
Recap: Ben Rothwell TKOs Brandon Vera, calls out Browne
Photos: Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera photos
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Chris Lee, Otto Torriero, Rick Winter
CLAY GUIDA (30-13 MMA, 10-7 UFC) VS. CHAD MENDES (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Guida bouncing early, looking to move and strike. Mendes patient to start, staying at distance. He rushes with a flurry that misses then kicks the leg shortly after. Mendes looking to land a big right hand, as Guida focuses on not giving him a stationary target. Guida in on a takedown, but Mendes sprawls and tries to lock in a guillotine. Guida alertly rolls with it and gets free. Guida just missed a high kick that only partially lands. Guida’s left eye is banged up a bit, and Mendes defends another takedown. Stiff jab for Mendes, who’s avoiding Guida’s wild punches. Mendes presses on for a takedown. Guida tries to roll through it but can’t and has to settle for guard. Mendes scores with an elbow. Guida gets to his knees, and Mendes tries again for the choke. Won’t get it, but he takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 – Guida starts quickly, and the fighters trade low kicks. Guida reaching with punches but can’t quite find the target. Guida walking forward. He’s the busier fighter, and he launches a kick that catches Mendes in the cup. Referee Yves Lavigne is a little slow to get in to stop the fight, but Guida pulls back, knowing he was low. Fast start when they resume. Guida shoots in again, but Mendes sprawls and moves to the back. Mendes drives in knees to the body. Guida eventually works free and gets back to his feet. Mendes misses on a takedown. Guida tries his own again, but Mendes sprawls out and lands a punch in the clinch. Guida tries again for the takedown, but Mendes is too strong. Mendes mvoes to north-south, and he’s trying to wrench the right arm. Guida defends well, and Mendes eventually backs away. Mendes scrambles for anothe takedown in the final minute. Guida quickly to his feet. Guida’s not slowing down, but Mendes is the sharper fighter. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives it to Mendes, 10-9.
Round 3 – Mendes scores early wit a straight that sends Guida to the canvas. Guida crawls up, but Mendes is all over him. Big punches inside, and they land flush. Lavigne gives him time, but Guida is done. Big finish for Mendes.
Result: Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:30
Recap: Chad Mendes becomes first to TKO Clay Guida
Photos: Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes photos
Referee: Yves Lavigne
Judging: Sal D’Amato, Chris Lee, Rick Winter
JOSH BARNETT (32-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) VS. FRANK MIR (16-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC)
Round 1 – Fighters pass on their chance to touch gloves. Barnett walks forward with punches and lands an early right before kneeing inside. Mir tries to answer in the pocket. Mir grabs a clinch, but Barnett circles off and presses him against the cage. Barnett traps the wrist and punches the body before firing knees inside as well. Short elbow up top. Barnett in complete control. Mir’s mouthpiece out, but Hinds lets them fight on. Big knee drops Mir, and referee Rob Hinds rushes in. Mir pops up and is not happy with the call.
Result: Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:56
Recap: Josh Barnett stops Frank Mir in first
Photos: Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir photos
Referee: Rob Hinds
Judging: Sal D’Amato, Otto Torriero, Rick Winter
CHAMP BENSON HENDERSON (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) VS. ANTHONY PETTIS (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Round 1 – Henderson with his hair braided for the first time. Energy in the building his high as they support the hometown Pettis. Henderson quickly forward, and he punches his way into a takedown attempt. Pettis defends against the cage. Henderson wraps the left leg and brings it high, but he can’t get the takedown. Pettis breaks away. Henderson is quickly back in on another takedown, but Pettis defends again against the cage. Henderson still can’t get it down, and we reset. Pettis scores a nice right hand on the restart, but Henderson is back on the legs yet again. Pettis strong in defense, and referee Herb Dean calls for action. Pettis finally breaks away, and he kicks the body. He kicks it again and punches the body, as well. Three more kicks to the body. A fourth comes in. They’re all landing in the same spot. Pettis tries a capoeira kikc, but Henderson senses it and pushes in, scoring the takedown. Pettis turns quickly to an armbar. It’s deep. Henderson can’t fight it, and we have a new champ.
Result: Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:31, to become new lightweight champion
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Recap: Anthony Pettis taps Benson Henderson to become champ
Photos: Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis photos
Referee: Herb Dean
Judging: Sal D’Amato, Chris Lee, Otto Torriero