Preliminary Bouts:

Magnus Cedenblad defeated Jared Hamman by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:57 of round one.

It was a long pane ride over from Sweden to Wisconsin, but a short night of work for Magnus Cedenblad at UFC 164.

The product of Allstars Gym in Stockholm needed less than a minute to secure a choke on Jared Hamman (and earn his first UFC win) in the opening bout of UFC 164 in Indianapolis.

Cedenblad seemed to have an advantage striking at range with punches and kicks, when Hamman (pictured above) shot in for a takedown. Cedenblad secured a guillotine choke and rolled the Southern California native (now training out of Elevation in Colorado) into mount.

Hamman tapped at 0:57 of the first round. Cedenbald would quip, “I hope it earns submission of the night. I want to fly business class.”

Al Iaquinta defeated Ryan Couture by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Al Iaquinta’s striking looked sharper than ever tonight at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, as he stalked Ryan Couture and landed combinations throughout all three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory in the night’s second bout.

Iaquinta and Couture (pictured above) exchanged strikes throughout the first round of the lightweight bout — with Couture landing a few nice front kicks and leg kicks, while Iaquinta scored with punching combinations. But, at around the three minute mark, Iaquinta’s punching had Couture back pedaling. Couture hit a flying knee near the end of the round, but the stanza belonged to the Serra/Longo standout Iaquinta.

The second round featured more of the same, with Couture’s bright moments growing fewer and further between. A big overhand right landed and shook Couture — but he just kept coming.

Couture rallied in the third, but Iaquinta regained control, backing the second generation UFC fighter against the cage for some powerful punches, particularly to the body.

Couture was bloodied, but continued fighting throughout. Scores came in at 30-27, 30-27, and 30-27, each for Iaquinta.

Soa Palelei defeated Nikita Krylov by T/KO (punches from mount) at 1:34 of the third round.

The third bout of UFC 164 in Milwaukee was a memorable heavyweight “slobber-knocker” with 36 year old MMA veteran Soa Palelei outlasting 21 year old prospect Nikita Krylov to score a round three T/KO.

Krylov, of Ukraine, entered the Octagon a (-150) betting favorite. But it was Palelei who scored the early takedown and advantage, hitting punches on the ground and avoiding Krylov’s triangle, arm bar, and omoplata attempts. The Australian would secure mount and rear mount before Krylov escaped to score some solid punches of his own near the end of the round.

Palalei would complain to his corner about injured ribs between rounds — but soldiered on. A viscous combination of knees from Krylov may have earned him round two as the action slowed, but Palelei came back, hurt the Ukrainian with a hard right hand early in the third, and followed him to the mat to finish with hammer fists at 1:34 of the third.

On commentary, Joe Rogan would remark, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen two guys that tired.”

Chico Camus defeated Kyung Ho Kang by unanimous decision.

The fourth bout of UFC 164 was a fast-paced encounter between two promising bantamweights in Chico Camus and Kyung Ho Kang. Ho Kang would dominate much of the action with takedowns and top control, but perhaps failed to accomplish enough there — as some choice damaging striking from Camus would earn him the decision.

The striking in round one went back and forth, but a left hook/overhand right combination by Camus served as the stanza’s highlight. Ho Kang scored a takedown to dominate groundwork for most of the round, threatening passes and landing the occasional strike.

The second round offered more of the same, as Camus landed a right that seemed to hurt Ho Kang, but the Korean took him down to control most of the stanza. Camus scored a good sweep and landed a few strikes near the round’s conclusion.

The third was dominated by Ho Kang’s top control but highlighted by a Camus up-kick. The bout went to the judges where the scores came in 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27 for Camus.

Hyun Go Lim defeated Pascal Krauss by T/KO at 3:58 of the first round.

It was a hard-hitting win for Hyun Go Lim which ignited the Milwaukee crowd in UFC 164’s fifth bout.

There was no feeling-out proceess between Lim and his opponent Pascual Krauss (pictured), as the two took the center of the cage to exchange strikes from the opening bell in their welterweight encounter.

But it was Lim who would land the more significant blows, ending a combination with a damaging left hook at the round’s midway point to force the German on his back heel. A series of punches, including a right hand to score a knockdown, was followed up by damaging knees in the clinch. Lim, of South Korea, would earn his seventh straight victory with a knee to the head which stopped Krauss cold at 3:58 of the first round.

Tim Elliott defeated Louis Gaudinot by Unanimous Decision.

UFC 164’s sixth bout was a fast-paced flyweight encounter dominated by the unusual, stance-switching style and viscous ground-and-pound of Tim Elliott.

The Missouri battler would dominate all three rounds as his opponent, Louis Gaudinot of New Jersey, struggled to keep pace.

Elliott scored every takedown he attempted and landed wild combinations throughout the bout. Gaudinot was bloodied at the end of the first, but survived to be out-landed and beat up on the mat in the third.

Commentator Joe Rogan would remark, “Not the most technical strikes, but he’s landing them over and over again!”

The scores came in at 30-27, 30-26, and 30-26.

With the defeat, Gaudinot drops to 1-2 in his UFC career, while Elliott improves to 2-1.

Gleison Tibau Defeats Jamie Varner By Split Decision.

In a close encounter between two longtime veterans of the UFC lightweight division, Gleison Tibau was awarded a split decision victory over Jamie Varner at the seventh bout of UFC 164 in Milwaukee.

The two would engage in a close standup exchange to begin, setting the pace for a back-and-forth battle. Tibau may have edged the round when he scored a takedown for some late ground-and-pound.

In the second, the American Top Team fighter continued his momentum, escaping a Varner guillotine attempt and moving into mount — where he dominated the stanza. But the tables turned in the third. There, Varner (of Arizona Combat Sports) moved in and out well, hitting particularly hard right hand to the body. A Varner takedown was followed by more ground-and-pound.

At the final bell, the outcome was anything but clear.

The judges scorecards were announced as 29-28 in favor of Tibau, 29-27 (oddly) in favor of Varner, and 29-28 in favor of Tibau.

Main Card:

Dustin Poirier defeated Erik Koch by unanimous decision.

Dustin Poirier put on a clinic in the eighth bout of UFC 164 in Milwaukee, using superior grappling and striking to earn a unanimous decision victory against Erik Koch.

Poirier set the pace scoring a knockdown early in the first round, but the found himself fighting his way out of a tight triangle choke from Koch. When the two stood again, Poirier continued to dominate, decking Koch with a left hook and almost finding victory with a D’Arce choke.

Poirier continued to land well in the second, particularly a hard right to stagger Koch and drag him to the mat. Late in the third, Koch was able to turn the tide and maneuver to Poirier’s back. But the judges’ decision was still out of reach.

The scores were read as 29-28, 29-27, and 29-27, all in favor of Poirier.

Ben Rothwell defeated Brandon Vera by T/KO (punches) at 1:54 of round three.

Ben Rothwell spoiled Brandon Vera’s return to the UFC heavyweight division at UFC 164 in Milwaukee tonight, as he wore the smaller man down en route to a round three T/KO victory.

It was an entertaining bout where both fighters enjoyed highlights. In fact, the two both landed straight hands at the beginning of the first round, but Rothwell didn’t seem as affected as Vera. Vera would soon adopt a “stick-and-move” strategy, and Rothwell struggled early with Vera’s quickness. Vera’s hard left kick to the body was particularly effective, as he danced out of trouble again and again in the stanza.

But in the second, Rothwell was able to corner Vera several times and even mixed in a head kick. But the round was close.

In the third, an early punching combination rattled Vera, and Rothwell quickly followed up to force referee Herb Dean to step in and halt the action at 1:54.

Rothwell, fighting in his home state, rises to 33-9. Vera, of San Diego, CA, drops to 12-7-1.

Chad Mendes defeated Clay Guida by T/KO (punches) at 0:30 of round three.

It was a historic tenth bout of UFC 164 in Milwaukee, as Chad Mendes scored not only his fourth consecutive T/KO victory in the featherweight division — he handed Clay Guida his first ever T/KO loss.

Mendes struggled a little with Guida’s frenetic footwork and wild striking to begin, but still landed the occasional shot, bloodying Guida’s nose before trying to secure a guillotine choke. Guida would escape, but get caught in a takedown where Mendes landed strong elbow shot.

In the second, a Mendes takedown led to hard knee strikes to the head and body as Guida struggled to rise.

A viscous right hand from Mendes stunned Guida in the third, which he quickly followed up with punches to the ground. Referee Yves Levigne called a halt to the bout at 0:30 of round three.

Co-Main Event: Josh Barnett defeated Frank Mir by T/KO (knee to the head) at 1:56 of round one.

UFC 164’s co-main event matched Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, two of the heavyweight division’s most dynamic submission artists in history, but their bout was contested entirely in standup.

The two attacked from the opening bell, with Mir out-landing Barnett with punches — but Barnett scoring what appeared the more meaningful strikes with knees and elbows in the clinch. Barnett then took the advantage, getting through with a series of uppercuts, along with more knees and elbows in the clinch. A knee to the head dropped Mir to the mat, and referee Rob Hinds stepped in at 1:56 to call a halt to the action.

The decision was unpopular with the Milwaukee crowd. Mir bounced right back to his feet to protest, to no avail.

Anthony Pettis defeated Ben Henderson by arm bar at 4:31 of the first round to win the UFC Lightweight Title.

In front of his hometown Milwaukee fans, Anthony Pettis needed less than a round to end the UFC Lightweight Championship reign of Ben Henderson tonight at UFC 164.

Henderson, who entered the ring in a black jiu-jitsu gi and his newly minted black belt, gained an early advantage with strikes from the clinch. But Pettis would out-land the champion when they disengaged, hitting a series of round kicks to the body. Then, Henderson was able to catch a leg and pull Pettis to the mat — where Pettis immediately attacked with an arm bar.

There was no tap, but Henderson, of Glendale, AZ, verbally submitted at 4:31 of the first round. Anthony Pettis is your new UFC lightweight champion.