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.

At UFC 164, Gleison Tibau Defeats Jamie Varner By Split Decision.