UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis

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    It's finally here. One of the biggest rematches in recent memory will go down when UFC champ Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against rival Anthony Pettis in Milwaukee.

    UFC 164 comes in the wake of the final WEC event from a couple of years ago, when Pettis took the WEC strap off Henderson in the last fight ever for the company. It was a fun fight that brought us the ultimate highlight in the Showtime Kick.

    When fight time comes, join us here for a round-by-round recap. Stay tuned.

Round 1

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    The round opened and immediately Henderson shot a single leg. Pettis defended, but was pressed against the cage. After an exchange on the feet, Henderson again pressed his foe against the fence. There, he used some front kicks to the calf, which was unique.

    Pettis has really improved his counterwrestling as of late. Henderson struggled putting Pettis down early on.

    However, Pettis tried a fancy kick and ended up on the ground with Henderson on top of him. He threw up on armbar on Henderson and tapped him out! One round and it was over.


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    Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via submission (armbar)

    Wow, that fight did not go as many thought it would. People thought if Henderson got the fight down, he would be favored. But within 20 seconds, he tapped out he champion.

    That was a crazy way to end the night. Pettis is the kryptonite to Henderson, obviously.