UFC 164: Early Preview and Predictions for Henderson vs. Pettis, Barnett vs. Mir

Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterAugust 22, 2013

UFC 164 is a mere 10 days away, so what better time to take a look at the top two fights and offer some early predictions?

In my latest video offering for Bleacher Report, I take a look at the lightweight title fight between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis. The pair faced off in the final World Extreme Cagefighting event, where Pettis used the now-infamous Showtime Kick to help wrest control of the WEC lightweight title away from Henderson. 

Pettis was supposed to go on to fight for the UFC lightweight title after the win. But these things usually have a funny way of working out, and it was Henderson who fought for and captured the UFC belt instead. Now, a few years later, Pettis is finally getting his chance at the belt, while Henderson is looking for redemption.

What else could you possibly want in a fight?

In the co-main event, we have my own personal dream match: Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir. I'll tell you why I cannot wait for this fight in the video, and I'll also tell you who will win the heavyweight showdown and how he'll do it.

Check out the video above and let me know your thoughts on each of these fights in the comments below.