The key to Garner’s victory? Constant pressure, and smashing anything available, including Bennett’s body while the two were chest-to-chest in various tie-up positions. While heavyweights often depend on one mammoth shot to turn a fight their way, Garner’s grinding attack was a nice change of pace. He’s still a little wild on the feet at times, but he can take a shot and seems confident he’ll get the better of exchanges.
Now focused on a shot against M-1 heavyweight champion Guram Gugenishvili, who submitted him in October to win the vacant title, Garner hopes to get revenge.
Jason Probst can be reached at Jason@jasonprobst.com or twitter.com/jasonprobst. Video interview by Joe Ortiz.