UFC News: Anthony Pettis Defeats Benson Henderson To Win The UFC Lightweight Title

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Anthony Pettis was telling the world the rematch with Benson Henderson wouldn’t go five rounds. He was right on the mark as Pettis defeated Henderson in the main event of UFC 164 to win the UFC lightweight championship by verbal submission (armbar) at 4:31 of the first round.

The fight started with the former champion pushing Pettis into the cage and using his clinch game on the Wisconsin native. After getting out of the clinch and a single leg takedown attempt, was when Pettis went to work as he threw a variety kicks at Henderson. Pettis then attempted a cartwheel kick that ended up with his right knee getting Henderson in his ribs, with the former champion able to still get Pettis to the ground.

Henderson was in Pettis’ guard when the man known as “Showtime” was able to grab an arm and then started to float Henderson over when the Arizona native verbally tapped out to referee Herb Dean.

Here are the results of UFC 164, which took place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Anthony Pettis def. Benson Henderson via verbal submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:31, to become new lightweight champion
•Josh Barnett def. Frank Mir via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:56
•Chad Mendes def. Clay Guida TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:30
•Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:54
•Dustin Poirier def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
•Gleison Tibau def. Jamie Varner via split decision (29-28, 27-29, 29-28)
•Tim Elliott def. Louis Gaudinot via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
•Hyun Gyu Lim def. Pascal Krauss via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:58
•Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
•Chico Camus def. Kyung Ho Kang via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
•Soa Palelei def. Nikita Krylov via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:34
•Al Iaquinta def. Ryan Couture via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:57

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