Benson Henderson had a lot to prove heading into the main event of tonight’s UFC on Fox 10 against Josh Thomson. Henderson lost the UFC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in August and desperately needed a win.
The fight starts with Henderson peppering the jab. Henderson lands a head kick. Henderson comes for a hook and Thomson is able to get his back and takedown Henderson. Thomson takes Henderson’s back trying for a rear naked choke, but Henderson is blocking it. Henderson gets up, but Thomson still has his back. Henderson is able to muscle out and get Thomson in the clinch. Thomson reverses and Henderson reverses back and lands a takedown. Thomson gets right up. Henderson has a standing head and arm choke and takes down Thomson who gets up. Thomson slams Henderson to end the round.
BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 for Henderson
The round starts landing a couple jabs and then presses Thomson into the cage and in the clinch. Thomson lands a couple knees and almost reverses the clinch. Referee John McCarthy separates them. Thomson presses Henderson into the cage and lands a takedown and has his back. Henderson gets back up. Each guy is circling each other and Henderson presses Thomson into the cage lands a combination and then a moment later a punch/body kick combination.
BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 to Henderson.
Henderson lands a superman punch and that knocks Thomson down. Thomson gets back up, but Henderson takes him down and then Thomson gets up. Henderson lands a body shot to clinch Thomson as Thomson reverses and back in the middle of the cage. Henderson tries a body kick and Thomson attempts a takedown, but Henderson reverses. A body kick is blocked by Thomson, who takes down Henderson who pops back up as the round comes to a close.
BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 3 for Henderson.
The round starts with a body kick and left hand by Henderson. Thomson lands a takedown and working inside the guard. Henderson attempting a triangle choke, but Thomson gets out. Thomson has Henderson in a guilliotine, but Henderson gets up and scores a takedown. Thomson gets to his feet, but Henderson has his back. Thomson reverses and they are back in the middle. Both guys swing and miss. Henderson misses a right hook, Thomson scores a takedown and has Henderson’s back. Henderson gets back up with Thomson on his back.
BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 4 for Thomson.
The final round starts with both guys circling each other as Henderson lands a body shot and Thomson misses a right cross. Henderson lands a leg kick. Thomson lands a right hook. Thomson lands a straight right and trips Henderson. Henderson lands an outside leg kick and then a body shot. Thomson blocks a body kick and pushes Henderson into the cage and has his back. Henderson reverses into the clinch. Both guys reverse the clinch and back in the middle.
BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 5 and the fight to Henderson.
The judges score it (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) and the winner by split decision to Benson Henderson as he defeats Josh Thomson.