Tremendous Tirades - UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis (Ultimate 2-Disc Collection) Posted by Larry Csonka on 12.03.2013
Anthony Pettis defeated Ben Henderson, again, to win another Lightweight Title, Josh Barnett defeated Frank Mir quickly in the first round and more! 411’s Larry Csonka checks in to review UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis (Ultimate 2-Disc Collection)…
In the spirit of full disclosure, the following DVD set was provided to 411 by Anchor Bay for review purposes.The rematch that UFC fans have waited for becomes a reality at UFC 164. World lightweight champion Benson Henderson defends his title against the last man to defeat him, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis. Plus, "The Warmaster," Josh Barnett returns to the Octagon... against Frank Mir in a clash of former heavyweight champions, and the featherweights take their share of the spotlight as Chad Mendes faces Clay Guida and Dustin Poirier battles Erik Koch.
UFC 164 took place on August 31st, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The show drew $907,116 at the gate and 9,178 fans to the Bradley Center.
Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27) - Round 3: This was a featherweight battle of two guys that many thought would be instant contenders the way they were going, but then got derailed. Poirier dominated early by knocking down Koch two times, but to Koch’s credit he made a valiant effort to fight back. This was an entertaining fight to kick off the PPV portion of the show, and got Poirier back on track as far as looking for a future title shot goes.
Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera KO (punches) - Round 3, 1:54: Rothwell vs. Vera was back and forth for two rounds until Rothwell was able to finish things in round three. I wasn’t into the fight as much as most, mainly due to Vera being channel changing material for me. Remember when he was a thing? To Rothwell’s credit, he got the finish and looked good overall. Thankfully business picked up after this fight.
Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida TKO (punches) - Round 3, 0:30: Chad Mendes continued to be “money” as he scored another but win. Many thought he could beat Clay Guida, but the fact that he finished Guida was the most impressive thing. Mendes let Guida run a bit, but he never let him control the fight, and continued his new road to the title with the very impressive round two TKO. Chad Mendes may have lost to Jose Aldo back in January of 2012, but now he is back and better than ever. The man is a real striker now, finishing his last four opponents in impressive fashion. Mendes also took home $50 large for knockout of the night.
Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:56: Josh Barnett made quick work of Frank Mir with a first round TKO finish. Many like to complain that the finish was too soon, but Mir was done and wasn’t coming back from the beating. This was a great statement by Barnett in his UFC return, and was exactly the type of performance he needed.
Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson to become new UFC lightweight champion verbal submission (armbar) - Round 1, 4:31: The rematch many wanted to see as soon as Henderson won the UFC Lightweight Title, and we finally got it. I was shocked, not shocked that Pettis won (he had all the tools to do so and did it once before) but shocked he finished Henderson. Henderson was in so may five round fights, and gotten out of so many submissions that I allowed myself to assume this would be another five round classic. Instead Pettis peppered the body with vicious kicks, and got the submission that Henderson could not escape. This was a combination of Pettis being confident, being talented, and Henderson having a lot of miles on him in a short period of time with all of the five round fights he had. Anthony Pettis simply appears to be his kryptonite. This was a great fight (while it lasted) and a great moment for Pettis, along with $50 large for submission of the night.
BONUS FEATURE: The bonus feature for disc one was the complete Countdown to UFC 164 special…
Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 0:57: Magnus Cedenblad obviously doesn’t get paid by the hour, because he kicked off the show with a 57-second submission victory. Obviously this is great for his career, but a quick and impressive victory like this is always a great way to kick off the show and get the crowd in attendance into the fights early.
Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - Round 3: When it was announced that Ryan Couture would be joining the UFC following the purchase of Strikeforce I felt it was a horrible idea. He was a young fighter still finding his style and getting used to the cage, but he was brought in anyway instead of letting him grow and following a TKO loss to Ross Pearson, he was easily dominated here by another young fighter, Al Iaquinta. Nate Diaz is not Nick Diaz, Little Nog is not Big Nog and Ryan Couture sure the hell isn’t his father. No one should have expected him to be, but some did. This was a fine, but one-sided fight, which saw Couture exit shortly afterwards.
Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov TKO (punches) - Round 3, 1:34: This was the worst fight on the show. Palelei claimed a rib injury at the time, but Krylov did not look good at all. I am also all for giving guys a fair shot, and with so many shows they do have to take chance son guys, but in no way did Krylov look like a UFC caliber fighter. Skip this fight at all costs.
Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) - Round 3: Chico Camus was able to use his superior grappling to score the decision victory over Kyung Ho Kang. While boring to some, I thought Camus displayed some great grappling, and I enjoy chess matches like that.
Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 3:58: Hyun Gyu Lim scored a huge knockout win over Pascal Krauss, in a bout that started fast and furious, which led to Lim dropping Krauss two times before a knee finished things off. Both guys took home $50 large for the fight of the night, and they had some good competition for that, but I do always love to see undercard guys pulling in the extra cash, so good for them.
Timothy Elliott def. Louis Gaudinot unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26) - Round 3: Timothy Elliott engaged beast mode for this fight, using his knees to take the advantage on Gaudinot, and then finished him with vicious hammerfists on the ground. This was an impressive performance by Elliot and was exciting while it lasted.
Gleison Tibau def. Jamie Varner split decision (29-28, 27-29, 29-28) - Round 3: An overall close fight, with the first round being the deciding factor. Tibau uses his weight advantage well, but still tires badly in the later rounds, which allowed Varner to win the third. The first round featured very little, and likely should have been a 10-10 round, leading to a draw. Instead Tibau managed to get the victory in a fight that improved as it went on, but wasn’t as exciting as I hoped it would be.
BONUS FEATURES: Bonus #1 is the UFC 164 weigh-in show. Bonus #2 is the complete WEC 53 bout between Henderson and Pettis. Since I did the report for that show, here is my review from back on December 16th, 2010…
LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE BOUT - Champ Benson Henderson (12-1) vs. Anthony Pettis (10-1)
ROUND ONE: The official is Herb Dean. And here we go with the main event of the evening. No touch to begin things. They circle, Henderson has center cage and throws a leg kick. Probing jabs from Henderson, and a leaping front kick by Henderson. Leaping kick checked by Henderson, they continue to circle, looking for range, chasing combo by Henderson, and the leg kick lands. They clinch, to the cage, and knees by Henderson. More knees by Henderson, working the thighs of Pettis and Henderson takes him down with an inside trip. Henderson works from guard as he has Pettis against the cage. Body shots by Henderson, Pettis looks to wall walk, tries a triangle, Henderson stands and escapes. Henderson stacks him up and then Pettis kicks him off. Leg kick by Henderson. Head kick by Pettis checked, jab from Pettis. Leg kick by Henderson, both land a combo, body kick by Henderson. Push kick by Pettis, superman punch by Henderson, and he shoots, to the cage and Pettis tries to fight it off, but Henderson grabs him down. Shots by Henderson, up kicks by Pettis and the round ends.
SCORECARD: Henderson 10-9
ROUND TWO: Second round now, they circle, and a body kick by Henderson. Head kick checked, leg kick lands for Pettis. Big right by Pettis, takes Henderson down, but he pops right back up. They work along the cage, and Pettis takes Henderson down. Looks for a kimura, but Henderson right back to his feet and along the cage they work. Knees by Henderson, and they separate. They circle, head kick checked by Henderson. Both land a combo, but Pettis got the better of the exchange. Body kick by Henderson, looks for the single leg, along the cage they work, and knees by Henderson. They separate, combo by Henderson. Pettis chases, misses a right and a counter right by Henderson. Pettis stalks Henderson, body kick by Henderson. Leaping knee by Pettis caught, to the cage they go and Henderson presses him and works some knees. They separate, leg kick by Pettis, which was low. Right back to action as Henderson shakes it off, both looking for jabs. Body kick by Henderson, leg kick by Pettis. Leg kick by Pettis, they circle, head kick checked by Henderson. The round ends.
ROUND THREE: Third round now, they come out and both look for jabs. Push kick by Pettis. They circle, Pettis stalking here and an overhand right by Henderson connects. Pettis shoots, and takes Henderson down. Pettis gets the back here, and Henderson rolls, Pettis looks for a choke, Henderson stands but Pettis cradles the leg. Pettis pulls him back down, Pettis rides his back and Henderson gets to his feet. Pettis is a papoose here, Henderson looks for a way to shake him off and some shots by Pettis. More body shots by Pettis. Henderson just standing there with Pettis on his back, and Pettis works both levels with the left. Henderson continues to fight off the choke, and you have to wonder if Pettis is gassing out his legs here. Elbows by Henderson, right into the thigh, Pettis looking for the choke, Henderson breaks it and the round ends.
SCORECARD: Pettis 29-28
ROUND FOUR: Championship rounds now, and both land to begin the round. Leg kick by Pettis, and a hard body kick by Henderson. Combo by Pettis, Henderson with a combo, shoots, takes Pettis down and postures up. Henderson gets his back, gets the hooks in, looks for the rear naked choke, Pettis is fighting it. Henderson locks it in and cranks back on it, but Pettis manages to escape. They roll around, Henderson has the body locked, and continues to look for the choke. Pettis manages to reverse things, and gets the back of Henderson! Henderson stands with him on his back again, and walks to the cage and Pettis drops off. They separate, push kick by Henderson. Henderson flashes the head kick, and then a hard body kick. They circle, knee to the body by Henderson. Left by Pettis, Henderson shoots, Pettis looks for a guillotine but Henderson looks safe for now. Henderson works to escape, final seconds of the round, but Henderson will not tap out.
SCORECARD: Close round, Pettis 39-37
ROUND FIVE: FINAL ROUND! They come out, and circle. Henderson shoots and Pettis shakes him off. Leg kick by Henderson barely connects. Pettis kicks Henderson low, and Henderson is PISSED. He takes a moment, and back to action. Head kick checked by Pettis, and a good right hook by Pettis. Jabs by Pettis, Henderson slips and Pettis attacks. Pettis up on his back again, but then has to give it up. Henderson shoots, but eats a knee and into North South and Pettis punishes the body of Henderson. Henderson drives him to the cage and slams him down. Henderson works from guard, Pettis looks for the triangle, but Henderson gets his back. Henderson gets a hook in, but Pettis manages to roll and escape. Pettis to his feet, body shot by Henderson. Head kick checked by Henderson, and Pettis RUNS, JUMPS AND PUCHES OFF THE CAGE AND KICKS HENDERSON IN THE HEAD! JESUS CHRIST! Henderson is down, and Pettis tries to pound him out. He works from side control, Henderson on his knees, some hammer fists land for Pettis. The round ends.
SCORECARD: Pettis 49-46
: Winner and final WEC Lightweight Champion and #1 contender for the UFC Lightweight Title Anthony Pettis via decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
The 411: UFC 164 was a very good show, and one of my favorites of the year. Outside of Vera and Rothwell, the PPV card is very good and features four finishes, which allowed the crowd to stay into things more than a lot of shows. The undercard is also good, featuring some good grappling and impressive performances.
This is listed as “Ultimate 2-Disc Collection”, and while the Countdown show and WEC 53 fight were welcomed additions, but I still feel as if they only add the minimum and miss out on making the DVDs a bit more special to people that have already watched the PPV. For example, Josh Barnett is a new face to this generation of “UFC” fans. Maybe a highlight package and or a few fights of his could have been added to the set.
The bottom line, if you liked the PPV when it happened or considered picking it up, it’s a good show to own; especially with the addition of the WEC 53 fight. Just do not expect anything too special with the “Ultimate 2-Disc Collection”. The strength of the set is all in the show and one good bonus addition.