For all of the talk about how Anthony Pettis is fighting in his hometown and despite continuous re-airings of his ridiculous cage kick, UFC 164 has flown under the radar a bit. Between Pettis initially being booked to fight Jose Aldo, Henderson being slated to take on T.J. Grant, both of those matches failing and tonight’s main event coming together, a dizzying series of events seem to have taken a bit of luster off what is arguably the best card the UFC has put together in 2013.
That being said, tonight’s events will answer a lot of questions. First and foremost: Is Anthony Pettis the real deal, or is he just a flashy ex-WEC lightweight champ who doesn’t stack up when you pit him against the UFC’s elite? Does Frank Mir have a legitimate claim to the title of best heavyweight submission artist of all time, or does that honor belong to Josh Barnett? Is Chad Mendes ready for another crack at Aldo?
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We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more soon enough.
Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via Submission (Armbar) at 4:31 of Round 1
Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir via KO (Knee) at 1:56 of Round 1
Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida via TKO (Punches) at 0:30 of Round 3
Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (Punches) at 1:54 of Round 3
Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)