Combat Corner Professionals Pettis,Koch,and Camus Set to Dominate UFC 164 in MIlwaukee
On Saturday August 31st the Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center and looks to bring a stacked card for us Milwaukee MMA fans. It has been two years since the octagon has returned to Milwaukee and since then our local fighters have proven to be among the top fighters not only in the UFC but in world. So naturally UFC president Dana White and UFC match maker Joe Silva made sure to include a few hometown favorites and UFC standouts on the card.
On the preliminary portion of the card Roufusport fighter and Milwaukee native Chico “The King” Camus (12-4) will look to step inside the UFC cage for his third time as he looks to take on “Mr. Perfect” Kyung Ho Kang(11-7). Kang has had one fight in the UFC against Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceras, which ended up being ruled a no contest after Caceras failed his pre-fight drug screening. In Camus’ two fights in the UFC he has won a decision in his debut and lost his second fight by a rear naked choke in the third round to Dustin Kimura. With Camus being under the tutelage of Duke Roufus , one of the best striking coaches in the game today, and fighting in front of his hometown crowd it would be no shock to MMA fans if Camus doesn’t look to finish the fight early with a knock out.
Starting off the main card we see one of Milwaukee’s adopted sons Erik “New Breed” Koch (13-2) taking on Dustin “The Diamond” Poirer (13-3) in a highly anticipated matchup of two of the top featherweights the UFC has to offer. Koch, an Iowa native, has been adopted by Milwaukee’s MMA community since he started training with Duke Roufus a few years ago. “New Breed” was one of the top ranked featherweights in the world and riding a four fight win streak before an injury forced him out of a championship bout with current featherweight champion Jose Aldo. However, after coming back from his injury Koch was beaten at UFC on FOX 6 when Ricardo Lamas picked up a TKO win. Since his lost Koch looks to be refueled and seems to be hungry to get back into title contention. His opponent Dustin Poirer has 7 fights in the UFC and is also coming off a loss to Cub Swanson. With both fighters enjoying the standup game and wanting to prove themselves in the division it would be no shocker if the fight stayed standing and was a battle of strikers. However this could be a costly mistake for Poirer because Koch has knock out power in both hands and his feet.
For the main event of the evening we will see what could quite possibly the most anticipated rematch in recent MMA history, when Benson “Smooth” Henderson(18-2) lays his 155 championship belt against Milwaukee’s favorite son Anthony “Showtime” Pettis(16-2). For those who may have forgot, back at WEC 53, the pair fought on the organizations last ever card for the 155lb lightweight title. A fight that Pettis ended up winning by decision, however it’s not the victory that fight fans remember but rather late in the 5th round when we saw the most exciting move in MMA history. Dubbed “The Showtime Kick” Anthony Pettis jumped off the cage wall and landed a kick to the head of Henderson. With both these guys being top lightweights it was only a matter of time before they would meet again and as fate would have it this time it will be in Milwaukee for UFC gold. Pettis is currently riding a three fight win streak that most recently saw him picking up a knockout of Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone with a kick to the body at UFC on FOX 6. Pettis was then planning on dropping to 145lb to face current featherweight champion Jose Aldo before a Knee forced him out of the bout. Henderson then was slatted to fight T.J. Grant on the UFC 164 card but as fate would have it Grant was injured and forced from this bout. Pettis jumped at the opportunity to fight Henderson again. Henderson is riding a seven fight win streak and most recently picked up a decision victory of Gilbert Melendez. Since their bout back at WEC 53 both fighters have improved tremendously. The biggest difference between the two s that while Henderson hasn’t finished a fight since 2010, “Showtime” looks to finish the fight every time he steps into the cage. If Henderson is foolish enough to think that his striking has improved enough that he can stand with Anthony look for this one to be over early with one of Pettis’ flashy highlight reel style knockouts, and for the UFC and Milwaukee to have a new champion.