Most split decisions spark controversy. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s split decision win over Josh Thomson in the UFC on Fox 10 main event on Saturday fell in line with the majority of split decisions. A lot of people didn’t agree with it.
Many inside the United Center in Chicago booed after the scorecards were read, but Henderson felt confident that he had won.
“I felt I definitely did enough to deserve to get my hand raised and get the W,” said Henderson during the event’s post-fight press conference.
The fight was competitive with Thomson winning the opening round with a takedown and ground control. Henderson dictated most of the pace throughout the following rounds. Thomson was able to secure takedowns and took Henderson’s back several times, but Henderson was never in imminent danger of being submitted.
The former UFC titleholder landed significant strikes to the body with punches and knees and was the aggressor throughout the contest. For what it’s worth, MMAWeekly scored the fight for Henderson.
Henderson has been criticized in the past for not finishing opponents and going to decisions. His last eight wins went the distance. Three of his last four wins are by split decision. One of his critics has been UFC president Dana White, but the 30-year old fighter doesn’t care how he gets the victory, as long as he gets it.
“Getting a W inside the UFC, let me see how you do it, and how you take it,” said the former lightweight champion when questioned about going to decisions by a reporter. “I like W’s. I like getting my hand raised. I’ll take it any way I can get it; you slip on a banana peel, by the skin of my teeth, by any means.”