August concludes with the UFC's 4th event of the month, and it promises to be a great one. Ben Henderson rematches Anthony Pettis for Henderson's lightweight belt, three years after Pettis dethroned Bendo for the WEC title. Frank Mir welcomes Josh Barnett back to the UFC after an 11 year absence, while Chad Mendes continues his torrid streak at featherweight against Clay Guida.
Before we get to the PPV broadcast, let's focus on the four fight preliminary card, which airs live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Not only do we have a great lightweight fight headlining the PPV, we have a very good lightweight bout headlining the prelims. Top 10 flyweights also take center stage in Milwaukee, so let's start the breakdown now:
Varner is the former WEC lightweight champion who found his career going downhill after a run of 1 win in 6 after his title win over Donald Cerrone. After winning a couple of fights, he soon found himself in the UFC as a massive underdog against Edson Barboza at UFC 146. In a huge upset, Varner dominated Barboza with a TKO finish. His next fight was a memorable war against Joe Lauzon, but he was unable to get another upset as Lauzon submitted him in the final round. He closed out 2012 with a split decision win over Melvin Guillard, and he enters the Tibau fight seemingly rejuvenated and a credible top 15-20 lightweight.
Tibau is one of the UFC's reliable veterans, having fought for the promotion since 2006. While he's never really been able to make that extra push into the top 10, he's still an incredibly tough outing for anyone in the division. In fact, he's won 5 of his last 7, including a split decision win over Rafael dos Anjos. The hulking Brazilian is coming off a submission win over John Cholish at UFC on FX 8, which brought his 2013 record to 1-1 after a split decision loss to Evan Dunham.
Gaudinot competed as a bantamweight on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, where he was beaten by Dustin Pague by submission. The size discrepancy between him and Johnny Bedford was fairly noticeable in the season finale, and Bedford used his size and strength to pummel Gaudinot en route to a 3rd round TKO. The New York native dropped to flyweight and won a thriller over John Lineker last year at UFC on Fox 5. An injury prevented him from fighting again in 2012 and now he makes his return to the Octagon after a 15 month absence.
Elliott failed to win any of his first 3 MMA fights (0-2-1), but he soon found his rhythm and won 8 consecutive fights. His most notable victory was a knockout over former UFC champion Jens Pulver. Elltiott debuted in the UFC in 2012 against John Dodson, losing an entertaining unanimous decision. He ended the year with a dominating performance over Jared Papazian in the TUF 16 Finale, and he also won FOTN honors in the process. Elliott is ranked #10 in the UFC's official flyweight rankings.
Krauss is another fighter out of the Roufusport camp in Milwaukee. The 25-year-old German sported a 9-0 record before making his UFC debut in 2010. And while he has amassed 2 wins out of 3, including an impressive picking apart of Mike Stumpf earlier this year, staying healthy has been problematic. He pulled out of fights with John Hathaway in 2011 (who would go on to beat him in 2012) and against Gunnar Nelson last September, citing injury both times. He's healthy enough to fight tonight, and it's the first time he's fought twice in a calendar year since 2010.
Lim has won his last 6 fights, including a UFC debut KO over Marcelo Guimaraes at UFC on Fuel 8 in Japan. His originally planned debut against David Mitchell was scrapped after doctors declared Lim medically unfit to compete prior to the weigh-ins. The South Korean has fought primarily in Asia, but has had a few fights in the US and Russia mixed in. He's won 8 of his 11 fights by KO or TKO, and he'll look to join Dong Hyun Kim and Chan Snug Jung in the list of successful South Koreans in the UFC.
One last Roufusport product fighting on the card is 28-year-old Chico Camus, who made his UFC debut last year at UFC 150. After getting a workmanlike decision win over Dustin Pague, he welcomed Dustin Kimura to the UFC at UFC 156. In a catchweight bout -- Kimura had missed weight -- Camus was submitted in the 3rd round via rear naked choke. Camus now returns to his home state of Wisconsin, where his first 10 professional bouts took place.
It's not often that a fighter debuts in the UFC and ends up with a no-contest, but that was the case for South Korea's Kyung Ho Kang. His fight against Alex Caceres was ruled a split decision loss, but Caceres failed his drug test and the result was flipped to an NC. Apart from that, Kang got in the UFC on the heels of winning the Road FC bantamweight championship in his native country, and avenged his loss to Andrew Leone with a submission win in the tournament final. The 26-year-old currently trains with countryman and longtime welterweight staple Dong Hyun Kim.