Henderson vs. Pettis 2 Fight Card: Power Ranking UFC 164's Main Card Fights
UFC 164 was an interesting night of fights for many reasons. The main reason is that we have a new UFC Lightweight Champion in Anthony Pettis.
Further than that, we had all sorts of crazy results. Knockouts were aplenty and some shocking things happened.
Let's cut right to the chase. Here are the power rankings of the main card.
Ben Rothwell Def. Brandon Vera Via TKO (Knee and Punches)
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It wasn't the most exciting fight. In fact, until the end, it was pretty forgettable. However, the ending was pretty sweet.
Ben Rothwell took on a Clay Guida-like approach with his movement in the third round and then surged forward. He clipped Brandon Vera with some strikes, popped him with a knee and finished him on the ground.
After the fight, Rothwell asked to fight Travis Browne. I don't know if he's on that level yet, but we'll see what happens.
Chad Mendes Def. Clay Guida Via TKO (punches)
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I think we have a new top contender for Jose Aldo.
Chad Mendes used a balanced approach to overwhelm and defeat Clay Guida. Using superior wrestling and striking, Mendes battered the Illinois native until he finally put him away in the third round.
It wasn't a bad fight, which is great news, as many fans have been disappointed with Guida's fights as of late.
Josh Barnett Def. Frank Mir Via TKO (Knee and Punches)
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We were all giddy for the grappling match that was supposed to take place. Well, it didn't.
Josh Barnett finished Frank Mir with a knee to the head and some follow-up shots. I personally think the stoppage was too quick, however Barnett looked very good.
They came out swinging like hockey players and blocking punches with their face. It was a very fun fight, especially considering the heavyweight fights before this weren't anything to write home about.
Dustin Poirier Def. Erik Koch Via Unanimous Decision
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People who expected fireworks got what they expected. The bout between Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch definitely delivered.
Koch threatened early with a triangle choke. Poirier threatened later with a D'arce choke and some great striking. Koch almost came back at the end on the ground.
Other than almost getting mooned by Koch, this fight was very enjoyable. It was a great way to open the pay-per-view card.
Anthony Pettis Def. Benson Henderson Via Submission (Armbar)
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It doesn't get the top spot, but it certainly gave the Fight of the Night (Poirier-Koch) a run for its money.
The way Anthony Pettis finished Benson Henderson with the armbar was surprising and unreal. Nobody saw that coming, not even Benson Henderson, who appeared to have his arm injured in the hold.
What a crazy way to end a solid card. Add that to the list of Pettis highlights.