Henderson vs Pettis Fight Card: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

Saturday's stacked UFC 164 card practically delivered on all levels.  From featherweight showdowns to heavyweight knockouts, each and every fight offered something different for UFC enthusiasts.

But as it is for every card smartly thrown together by matchmaker Joe Silva, there were only a few fights that stood out more than the rest.

Here's a breakdown of all the bonuses awarded by UFC brass for well-deserving fighters from Saturday night in Milwaukee.


Fight of the Night

In what turned out to be a lopsided victory, both Hyun Gyu Lim and Pascal Krauss went toe-to-toe on FOX Sports 1 before the UFC 164 main card went live.

Both guys traded shots from the initial bell, forcing the eager Milwaukee crowd to join in a frenzy centered around the action.

Following multiple power punches at the hands of Lim, Krauss was seen stumbling around the cage time and time again.

It wasn't until after an absolutely devastating and perfectly timed knee by Kim burrowed itself in the German's chin that Krauss folded and Kim forced the referee to step in.


Knockout of the Night

Chad Mendes was already considered the best featherweight in the world without a championship.  He has shown the poise and athletic skill set to challenge any fighter for Octagon supremacy.

But after partaking in a war of angles and footwork with Clay Guida for two straight rounds, Mendes pulled something off that has never been done before: defeat Guida by punches.

The onslaught from "Money" proved too much for "The Carpenter" as Guida proceeded to wilt under the pressure.


Submission of the Night

Nobody really thought Anthony Pettis would finish Benson Henderson in the very first round.  If someone said they did, they're straight out lying.

The bottom line is that nobody expected Pettis to be so gutsy, so early.  Instead of riding out the first round on his back and playing defense, "Showtime" did what he does best and went for the finish.

After nearly ripping off Henderson's arm with a nasty armbar, the champion had no other choice but to verbally tap, something rarely seen inside the cage.

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