UFC 164: "Henderson vs. Pettis 2," which took place at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisc., is officially in the books after an entertaining Saturday evening (Aug. 31, 2013) of mixed martial arts (MMA) action. Both the pay-per-view main card and the "Prelims" on Fox Sports 1 and Facebook delivered, as mostly every fight was exciting.
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Anthony Pettis was able to stop Ben Henderson this time, capturing the Lightweight championship by way of submission in the first round of the main event, torquing his limb with an armbar from the bottom, earning "Submission of The Night" and beating "Smooth" for a second time with a title on the line (watch highlights here).
Josh Barnett was able to regain his momentum in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with a big win over Frank Mir, as "War Master" seemed to have scored a flash-knockout over Mir (watch highlights here). Many, including UFC President Dana White, stated it was an early stoppage (watch White's bit in the video replay of the press conference here), but not awful stoppage.
Ben Rothwell emerged as another Heavyweight to keep an eye on for the time being, finishing Brandon Vera in the third round by way of technical knockout. Both Rothwell and Vera looked good last night but it was the former IFL standout that was able to seize the moment and sent Vera packing into unknown territories with his fight-career (watch highlights here).
Before all the action unfolded inside the Octagon, there were promotional appearances to generate awareness for -- an interest in -- a trip back to "Beer City." Fighters said this and that, answering questions galore when all they really wanted to do is be left alone and not be bothered.
MMAmania.com does a pretty good job of passing along all the noteworthy pre- and post-fight comments for each event. But, as we've done before, let us take a look at the words that left the fighters' mouths before they stepped into the cage on Saturday night
"I have to go out there, not be worried about what he's going to throw at me, not be wide-eyed, watching him, waiting him to throw something. I have to be aggressive. I did know in the back of my head at sometime, I was going to be able to get my hands on Pettis again. I'm not pretty sure what to expect with guys like Anthony, they're a little more unpredictable, so we're just going to go out there and beat him up -- install our gameplan. Anthony Pettis is not leaving the Octagon with my belt."
-- The former champion, Henderson, was right that Pettis was unpredictable, but apart from that statement, "Smooth" was on the receiving end of the most devastating loss of his career. Worse than "The Showtime Kick?" Yes, because he was submitted in the first-round, lost his 155-pound title and was unable to make history by being the man with the most title defenses in the division. And finally, he was unable to install his gameplan before it was all "Showtime."
"He is changing up his stances and doing different things, but he's not fighting much different. He's a little more intense out there, but then again, he's not convincingly winning fights. He's not out there demolishing people, so when you fight a guy like Ben Henderson, I'm not worried about getting knocked out, I'm not worried about getting submitted, I'm worried about getting outpointed."
-- Pettis did not look like he was worried about much last night. And until his first-round submission win over Henderson won him the lightweight championship, he was eerily correct. Henderson was trying to tire out "Showtime" by clinching him up against the fence and then taking him down to outwrestle him. Luckily for Pettis, he had plans of his own and was able to finish Henderson in the smoothest of ways possible.
"I'm always looking to spoil everyone's arrival. I don't want to make it as easy night for Josh in his debut, he's on a highlight reel -- I hope it's on the end he doesn't want to be. To put it as easily as possible, I think he's a dick."
-- Mir pretty much summed up the exact opposite, and even if his stoppage was early for some, he was still slayed by "War Master." Mir's loss should not prove too costly for him given the way he lost and the backing of his boss, but one could only assume it would have been an unfortunate sight to see Mir take more punishment.
"If he thinks I'm a dick now, wait until we get into the ring. He's really going to think I'm a dick. I can think of a lot of drunken nights that have been bigger mistakes than grappling with Frank Mir."
-- Barnett could be one of the best trash-talkers right now this side of Chael Sonnen. And his words are not for everyone, but he proved Mir wrong, showing the Heavyweight division that he is still one of the top fighters in the world. Not only did Barnett grapple with Mir along the fence, he stormed out right from the get-go and was eager to go toe-to-toe with the former champion.
"I think the whole thing with TRT, I understand it, but if it's good for one, it should be good for all. I don't know how that scaling goes or what the testosterone level is and stuff. I know my testosterone level during one camp was at 250, but I think you eat up all your testosterone during camp if you're training two or three times a day."
-- We here at MMAmania.com do not condone of any cheating in the sport but it looks like Vera could use some testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) after last night. Or something ... anything. In all fairness to "The Truth," he looked pretty sharp until Rothwell was able to shuffle his way to a technical knockout victory over Vera. This now leaves Vera with just one win out of his last six contests and his second straight loss via strikes. Was it an unfair advantage his opponent had or is Vera simply not as good as he used to be?
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