Found September 01, 2013 on hov-mma:
UFC 164 is in the books, and it was one heck of a night.  We had a world title change hands, an early stoppage, some big wins and a tough losses.  It was a night that will be remembered for Anthony Pettis winning his UFC Light World Championship and Josh Barnett putting his stamp back on the UFC Heavyweight division.  Sit down, buckle in, it’s Sunday Morning Coming Down. Second verse, same as the first….almost. It seems like yesterday that we saw Anthony Pettis launch off the cage and in one moment forever become a human highlight reel.  It seems like yesterday, but it wasn’t, it’s been nearly three years since Pettis and Benson Henderson met for the WEC Lightweight championship in Glendale, AZ.  Pettis become the champion, and was immediately folded into the UFC where he rolled the dice and faced Clay Guida while waiting for the UFC Lightweight title picture to sort itself out.  It didn’t go well. Three years and four consecutive wins later, an injury to TJ Grant opened the door for the rematch.  Anthony Pettis once again had the chance to beat Henderson and put a belt around his waist.  He did just that.   In total, it took less than one round for Pettis to execute a beautiful armbar and get the tap, and the world championship.  Leading up to the armbar, Pettis did well to avoid takedowns and landed a series of stiff body kicks that hurt the champion.  Once Henderson did execute the takedown, he was met with an immediate armbar that once sunk, took only moments to end the fight.  Pettis celebrated and capped off the evening by bringing his new world title belt to his father’s gravesite.  He then tweeted, “No matter the circumstances, u can make a positive from any situation!!! Love u pops!” Congratulations to Anthony Pettis.  Frank Mir tries the clinch game AGAIN…AGAIN it ends badly Frank Mir and Josh Barnett generated some bad vibes heading into this fight.  For Barnett, it was a welcoming back to the UFC after years outside of fold for behavior not becoming a professional athlete.  My guess is Tom Atencio didn’t order this PPV.  For Frank Mir it was an opportunity to show that no matter how long he fights, he doesn’t improve his clinch game a single iota.  Frank and Josh came out, hands a blazing, doing their best to land the telling shot.  Josh landed the more powerful shots and pressed Mir against the fence.  Mir was being roughed up, and Barnett landed a high knee that sent Mir down in a heap.  The referee immediately jumped in and stopped the action, as Mir stood up puzzled as why it was stopped.  Was the stoppage early? YES.  Would things have likely gone from bad to worse for Mir? YES.  Nice debut for Josh Barnett, who in defeating Frank Mir plants his name among the those in the top ten in the UFC.  Would be interesting to see Josh matched up with Travis Browne in his next outing.   Big night for “money” Mendes Chad Mendes is so money and he doesn’t even know it.  Sorry, just watched Swingers.  Chad Mendes has legit skills, and it was on display last night.   He did what many felt was impossible.  He grounded the engergizer bunny, Clay Guida.  Clay is by no means unbeatable, or undefeated, but he is notoriously tough out, having never been put out by TKO in his career.  Sure, sometimes he gets subbed, but caught and finished…unheard of.  Until last night. I don’t know what “Bang” Ludwig has those little fellas from Alpha Male eating and drinking, but they are on fire.  My guess is a steady diet of finger-painting, Midday naps, and carrot sticks with mini milk cartons, but I’d be guessing at best.  Whatever it is, they should keep it up, because it is working.  Even if half of them don’t meet the height requirements to ride Space Mountain, they can flat out fight.  Chad Mendes will likely see a rematch with Jose Aldo and he’s a genuine threat to take the title. He’s that good. Who’s next?  Fights to make after UFC 164 Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo Josh Thomson vs. Ben Henderson (Pure Awesomeness) Robbie Lawler vs. Hyun Gyu Lim Dustin Poirier vs. Ricardo Lamas Moving on Up, Moving on Out! We had a few fighters who used their performances to cement their place on the UFC roster, and some who used it to hurt their chances of employment.  Here’s whose going up and away, who might just go away.  Hyun Gyu Lim – Moving on Up! Gleison Tibau  – Moving on Up! Al Iaquinta – Moving on Up! Brandon Vera – Moving on Out (1-4-1 in last six fights) Done in UFC Nikita Krylov – Lost the worst fight in recent memory, 1-2 in last 3.  Bye-bye. Ryan Couture – Lost two in a row…he’s a Couture, Dana’s done worse. Jarad Hamman – Lost 4 of 5, nowhere to build from. Seek employment elsewhere.

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