The UFC 164 live stream and TV fight card will bring forth at least seven free matchups for mixed martial arts fans to enjoy on Saturday night. With coverage beginning as early as 6:30 p.m. EST, fans can get ready for the main card featuring Lightweight champ Benson Handerson vs. challenger Anthony Pettis. The latest UFC event will feature a total of twelve fights spanning the day's event in Milwaukee.
On Aug. 31, the FanSided website reported that tonight's free UFC 164 fights begin at 6:30 p.m. EST on the UFC Facebook. At 8 p.m. EST, there's four more feee preliminary fights which will be televised. Fans will need to watch Fox Sports 1, with the program expected to run until 10 p.m. EST, when the main fight card gets underway on pay-per-view. Among the Facebook prelims at 6:30 are three fights including Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad, Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta and Soa Palelei vs. Nikita Krylov. The four fights shown beginning at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 will feature Jamie Varner vs. Gleison Tibau, Louis Gaudinot vs. Tim Elliott, and Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim.
It's the main pay-per-view card that has many MMA fans talking, with the main event of Henderson-Pettis, and then a co-main event featuring Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett. During Friday's weigh-ins, Barnett tipped the scales at 255, while Mir was 248. Meanwhile Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson came in at 155, just a half pound more than Pettis' weight. Ben Rothwell came in with the biggest advantage in terms of weight at 262, which was 21 pounds more than Brandon Vera. The other two fights featured fighters coming in relatively even in weight, or a half pound to a pound difference.
Henderson vs. Pettis will be a rematch from over two years ago between the two opponents, with it taking place in Pettis' hometown. In their previous encounter, Pettis defeated Henderson by unanimous decision and won the WEC Lightweight Championship. That 2010 fight from WEC 53 was named "Fight of the Year," so fans are hoping these two can put on another entertaining bout tonight. There has been some questions as to how banged up Henderson is, and if he still has the same striking abilities as he had in the previous matchup.
The champ enters this fight as a slight favorite in terms of betting odds at -125 on various sports books. Pettis carries odds of about -105 to win the championship belt from him. According to ESPN.com, Henderson has been able to successfully defend the strap three times in a row, with only BJ Penn able to accomplish that feat before him. A fourth time of Benson achieving that is in question, although the champion seems confident in his abilities, telling ESPN:
“What it all boils down to is getting your hand raised. Whether you do it emphatically, impressively, whether you do it by split decision or whatever the case may be.
Honestly, if a guy walks into the cage and slips on a banana peel and I win, I will take that win. I don’t care. The way I fight, I’m always out there to beat the guy up. I just want to beat him up. I don’t care about judges’ decisions or this or that, I just want to beat the guy up.”
Tonight's main UFC fight card begins on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. To see the event featuring Henderson vs. Pettis, fans will need to go through their cable or satellite provider. In addition, there are live stream feeds available for order online through several sites including UFC.tv, USTREAM and YouTube. Costs will vary for standard or hi-definition versions of tonight's pay-per-view, so it's best to check the UFC website for more details on how to order.