UFC 164 Preview
August 27, 2013By Kenneth True of Nations Elite
Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis
Ben Henderson hasn’t lost since he last faced Anthony Pettis back in 2010. Henderson now has the UFC title around his waist, and isn’t looking to lose it for some time. Ben has ran through some of the best Dana White has had to offer including beating Frankie Edgar twice, Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez.
Anthony Pettis has only fought 4 times since his win over Henderson, and has gone (3-1) in that span with a loss to Clay Guida. Pettis has rebounded well by rattling off 3 straight wins against Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, and Donald Cerrone.
Prediction: Henderson via unanimous decision
Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett
Frank Mir has lost a little of his sting over time, but he’s still a draw for cards. Having dropped his last two fights against Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos, Mir is hoping to get back on the right track against Josh Barnett. Mir is (4-4) since his loss to Brock Lesnar, that loss being counted as well.
Barnett also owns a loss against Daniel Cormier recently, but comes in with a 1 fight win streak. This is Barnett’s first fight in the UFC and he hopes to leave the octagon with a W.
Prediction: Barnett via arm triangle choke
Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida
Chad Mendes has only 1 loss on his resume, and that came at the hands of Jose Aldo. Mendes is currently on a 3 fight win streak and is becoming a fan favorite.
Guida on the other hand is one of the more respected veterans in the UFC as can be seen by his 43 fight history. Guida is still capable as can be seen by his (5-2) record over his last 7 bouts. Guida has also shown he can beat a young guy with promise still as he’s beaten Anthony Pettis, Takanori Gomi, and Rafael dos Anjos within that 7 fight span.
Prediction: Mendes via unanimous decision
Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
Ben Rothwell doesn’t seem to be able to string together some wins, in fact he hasn’t won back-to-back fights since joining the UFC. His latest fight ended in a loss to Gabriel Gonzaga.
Brandon Vera seemed headed for great things, but he just hasn’t been able to defeat any of the bigger names to improve his stock. A win for himself or Rothwell in this fight is about moving up in the rankings and getting themselves a better opportunity.
Prediction: Vera via unanimous decision