Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
Round 1: They touch gloves and the main event is underway. Henderson takes the center of the cage. He paws with his jab. Henderson moves in with punches and Thomson clinches and takes him down. Thomson takes Henderson’s back and applies a body triangle. Henderson rolls. Thomson keeps the body triangle on. Thomson works for a rear naked choke. Henderson defends the submission attempt. Thomson lands punches to the body. Henderson stands. Thomson remains on his back. Henderson leans against the cage. Thomson lets go and they work for position along the cage. Henderson delivers a knee to the thigh of Thomson. Henderson secures a trip takedown. Thomson quickly gets back to his feet. Henderson applies a standing arm triangle choke. Henderson pulls him to the ground. Thomson gets out and secures a takedown in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Thomson.
Round 2: Henderson moves forward. He delivers a hard knee to the body. Henderson moves in with another knee to the body. They’re tied up along the fence. They exchange knees to the body. Henderson delivers heel strikes to the thighs of Thomson. The referee separates them. Henderson moves in and Thomson clinches and drags him to the canvas. Thomson takes Henderson’s back and applies a body triangle. Henderson stands. Thomson lets the body triangle go. They separate. Henderson inches forward. Thomson’s back is to the cage. Henderson pushes forward with a right hand to the body. They exchange leg kicks. Henderson moves in with a combination. Thomson explodes forward with one of his own. Henderson lands a kick to the body, but Thomson catches it. They’re tied up along the cage. Thomson lands a knee to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 3: Henderson comes out in the third landing a superman punch. He takes Thomson down. They scramble and work for position along the cage. Thomson told his corner between rounds that his right hand is broken. Henderson moves in with a right hand to the body. He presses Thomson against the cage. Thomson spins him and separates. Henderson delivers a knee to the body. Thomson works to get the fight to the ground, but Henderson defends the attempt. Henderson lands a short elbow on the inside. Henderson drops down and lands a jab to the lead leg of Thomson. Thomson answers with a front kick to the body. Henderson lands a knee and Thomson catches it but can’t get Henderson down. They separate. Thomson lands a kick to the body but slips. Henderson pounces on him. Thomson gets back to his feet. He switches his stance. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 4: Henderson lands a powerful kick to the body to start the fourth round. He goes to the legs with a kick. Thomson secures a takedown. He works from the half guard position. Henderson moves to full guard. Henderson traps Thomson’s left arm. He delivers elbows from the bottom. Thomson gets his head free. He postures and drops in with punches. Henderson powers back to his feet and takes Thomson down with a double leg. Thomson gets to his feet, but Henderson stays on him. Henderson delivers knees to the legs of Thomson. Henderson lands a short elbow on the inside before backing away. They exchange right hands. Thomson ducks under a punch and takes Henderson down. He takes Henderson’s back and applies a body triangle. Henderson stands and walks over to the fence. Thomson motions to the crowd for cheers. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 5: Henderson moves forward. Thomson switches stances. Henderson steps in with a right hook to the body. Henderson delivers a hard knee to the body. Henderson continues to press forward. Thomson lands a counter right hand. Henderson answers with a straight left. Thomson lands an outside leg kick. He moves forward with a combination ending in a leg kick that tripped Henderson. Henderson immediately bounces back to his feet. Henderson delivers a heavy outside leg kick. Henderson goes to the body with a right hand. Thomson land a right and Henderson pushes him away. Henderson throws a kick and Thomson catches it. Thomson pushes Henderson foot to the sky and secures a takedown. He takes Henderson’s back, but Henderson stands. They battle for position along the cage. They exchange knees to the body and separate. Henderson steps in with a right hook to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.
The judges scored the fight for Henderson by split decision. The scorecards read 47-48, 48-47 and 49-46.
“I feel pretty good. Another close win, but I’ll take them any way I can get them. I thought it was a pretty controlling fight for myself. I made a few mistakes, but I don’t think he did any damage and I didn’t lose control. I made some mistakes and ended on my back a few times, but I thought the “W” was clear.
“Being on my back was not that draining on me. I was in good shape. He’s a top guy and I’m a top guy, so I knew it would be tough, but I thought I definitely got the win.
“As far as who I fight next, that’s up to the UFC. My opinion matters as much as it does in my household. Right now, I’m just looking forward to my honeymoon. I made my wife wait until after this fight, and now I just want to go to an island somewhere with her and relax.”
“The plan was simple: win. I could not, but that doesn’t mean I failed. It is what it is. We know that’s the risk when you leave to the judges’ decision. But, I’m satisfied with my performance. It was a great fight. The fans know it. They will remember this night for a long time.”