Henderson edges Thomson: FOX UFC Saturday fight blog

Benson Henderson defeated Josh Thomson by unanimous decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) in Chicago.

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No one wins more controversial decisions than Benson Henderson.

The former UFC lightweight champion added another one to his resume by outpointing Josh Thomson (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) in the main event of FOX UFC Saturday in Chicago. Thomson joins Gilbert Melendez and Frankie Edgar (twice) to the close-loss-to-Henderson club.

The victory will likely give Henderson a rematch against UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis when Pettis returns this summer from a torn PCL. Pettis beat Henderson for the belt back in August, his second win over Henderson.

Thomson likely broke his hand or thumb in the second round, impairing his performance the rest of the way. Still, he was game and many thought he actually won the fight.

In the co-main event Stipe Miocic outlasted Gabriel Gonzaga in a heavyweight contender matchup by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Gonzaga won the first round, but gassed out from there. Miocic picked him apart with boxing the rest of the way for the lackluster decision win.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone had the highlight of the night when he knocked out Adriano Martins with a head kick near the end of the first round. Jeremy Stephens dominated Darren Elkins by unanimous decision in the main card opener.


#1 Benson Henderson (19-3-0) vs. #4 Josh Thomson (20-5-0, 1NC)


#8 Stipe Miocic (10-1-0) vs. #12 Gabriel Gonzaga (16-7-0)


#8 Donald Cerrone (21-6-0, 1NC) vs. Adriano Martins (25-6-0)


#10 Darren Elkins (18-3-0) vs. Jeremy Stephens (22-9-0)

Both guys are on the cusp of contention. Elkins is underrated. He’s won six of seven with the only loss coming to Chad Mendes. Stephens has won two straight and his power makes him one of the most intriguing guys in the featherweight division.


Alex Caceres (9-5-0, 1NC) vs. Sergio Pettis (10-0-0)


#4 Eddie Wineland (20-9-1) vs. Yves Jabouin (19-8-0)

After that grapple-fest, you have to expect this one to be a stand-up war. But you know that goes — expect the unexpected.


Chico Camus (13-4-0) vs. Yaotzin Meza (20-8-0)