UFC 164 Prelims: Gleison Tibau Settles for Split Verdict, Downs Jamie Varner

By Brian Knapp Aug 31, 2013
Two great rounds were enough for Gleison Tibau.

The American Top Team-based Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt won for the sixth time in eight outings, as he snatched a split decision over former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion Jamie Varner at UFC 164 “Henderson vs. Pettis 2” on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Two of the cageside judges saw it 29-28 for Tibau (28-9, 13-7 UFC); a third cast a dissenting 29-27 ruling for Varner (21-8-1, 3-3 UFC).

Tibau countered effectively in the first round and wore down the Arizona Combat Sports representative with takedowns and ground-and-pound for much of the first 10 minutes. He was particularly dominant in round two, where he seamlessly transitioned between back mount and full mount. In the third, Varner brought about a momentum shift. He ripped into the hulking Brazilian with brutal body punches and backed up a ringing right uppercut with a takedown of his own. However, the finish he needed failed to materialize.

Elliott Overwhelms ‘Goodnight’ Gaudinot

Exquisite transitions from striking to takedowns coupled with a ruthless top game propelled Grindhouse MMA’s Tim Elliott to a lopsided unanimous verdict over former Ring of Combat champion Louis Gaudinot in an undercard tilt at 125 pounds. Elliott (10-3-1, 2-1 UFC) swept the scorecards by 30-27, 30-26 and 30-26 counts.

Gaudinot (6-3, 1-2 UFC) never established himself as a threat. Elliott did what he wanted when he wanted, ripping into the Team Tiger Schulmann representative with punching combinations, knees and standing elbows in close quarters. Once Elliott moved to the ground, he put Gaudinot through the meat grinder. Punches, hammerfists and elbows fell with relentless regularity, putting more and more distance between Elliott and his quarry

Brutish Lim Blitzes, Stops Krauss

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Lim mugged Krauss and put him away.

Korean Top Team’s Hyun Gyu Lim wiped out Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder Pascal Krauss with a vicious knee strike and follow-up punches in an undercard encounter at 170 pounds. Lim (12-3-1, 2-0 UFC) drew it to a close 3:58 into round one, as he delivered his seventh straight win in emphatic fashion.

Krauss (11-2, 2-2 UFC) was simply outgunned. A crackling right hand from Lim put set him on wobbly legs and had the dazed German stumbling all over the Octagon. The 28-year-old Korean pursued with controlled aggression, backed Krauss into the cage and unleashed the knee that led to the stoppage.

“Right now, I have nothing to say. I’m just very thankful. I worked very hard for this,” Lim said through a translator. “I knew that he would come in aggressively, so I was practicing the counter aggressively.”

Roufusport’s Camus Overcomes Kang

Superb defensive grappling and quick bursts of punches spurred Roufusport export Chico Camus to a unanimous decision over Road Fighting Championship titleholder Kyung Ho Kang in a preliminary bantamweight match. All three judges scored it for Camus (13-4, 2-1 UFC): 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

Kang (11-7, 0-1 UFC) grounded the Milwaukee native in all three rounds but failed to exact much of a toll with his top game. Camus nearly cinched a rear-naked choke and exploded with punches near the end of round two and came close to a finish in the waning seconds of the third, where he blasted Kang with an upkick and swarmed with follow-up punches.

Palelei Outlasts Newcomer Krylov

Australian Fighting Championship titleholder Soa Palelei stopped Ukrainian newcomer Nikita Krylov on third-round strikes from the mount in a heavyweight clash that was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. Krylov (15-3, 0-1 UFC) succumbed to a combination of fatigue and punches 94 seconds into round three.

Palelei (19-3, 1-1 UFC) struck for takedowns throughout the quagmire, survived exhaustion and a second-round volley from his 21-year-old counterpart and mounted enough of a surge in the third to bring it to a close. The 25-year-old Australian countered an attempted takedown from Krylov, slugged him into a kneeling position with punches, stepped into full mount and iced it from there. Palelei has finished nine consecutive opponents.

Returning Iaquinta Batters Couture

Heavy power punching combinations, takedowns and ground-and-pound carried “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 finalist Al Iaquinta to a unanimous decision over Ryan Couture in an undercard battle at 155 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for Iaquinta (6-2-1, 1-1 UFC), who had not fought in more than a year.

Couture (6-3, 0-2 UFC) was game but could not match the Serra-Longo Fight Team representative’s firepower. Iaquinta lit into him with punching volleys in all three rounds, pairing a high-octane standup attack with a series of takedowns. The 26-year-old nearly finished it in round three, where he battered Couture along the cage and drew blood with a savage standing elbow.

Cedenblad Guillotine Submits Hamman

Swedish import Magnus Cedenblad won for the eighth time in nine bouts, as he submitted Jared Hamman with a first-round guillotine choke in a brief middleweight scrap. Hamman (13-6, 2-5) conceded defeat 57 seconds into round one.

Cedenblad (11-4, 1-1 UFC) countered an attempted takedown from the Vladimir Matyushenko protégé, trapped the 31-year-old Californian in the guillotine and rolled into full mount for the tapout. Hamman has lost three fights in a row, all of them finishes.


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