Found December 09, 2012 on
Proudest Mom Ever? Benson Henderson put a shellacking on Nate Diaz in Seattle, Washington last night. It was the type of dominant championship performances that left fans wondering, who's next? One could argue that Benson's victories (especially the one at UFC 150) over Frankie Edgar weren't decisive enough to establish him as the undisputed #1 lightweight in the world. His victory over Nate Diaz renders that argument invalid.
Benson Henderson: Benson landed 124 sig. strikes at a 63% clip. Nate went 30 for 83 for 36%. The Champ hit 8 of his 12 takedowns for a 67% TD rate, while Nate went 0-fer being denied on all 6 of his attempts. Benson landed 183 out of 259 strikes altogether, 100 of them being ground strikes. Diaz went 95 for 160. The Champ scored the 2 lone knockdowns of the contest.
Benson Henderson improves to 18-2 career, 6-0 in the UFC with a 50-45, 50-45, 50-43 unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz who falls to 16-8 career, 11-6 UFC.
Benson Henderson has expressed that he would like to stay at 155 lbs and take on all comers for his title. Diaz believes that his teammate Gilbert Melendez should be next in line for a crack at Bendo. The winner of Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 is the right answer for Bendo at this point. He has a history with both fighters and Pettis of all people deserves to be in line for the next crack at the lightweight strap. Also, Eddie Alvarez has already decided which promotion he will sign with. He won't be sharing with us though for another couple of weeks. If Alvarez does decided to sign with the UFC, a #1 contenders bout between him and Melendez could be in the works. Alvarez would also be a great opponent for Nate Diaz in 2013.
Video: UFC on FOX 5: Henderson hammers Diaz
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BEST OF MAXIM
After 17 UFC fights, Nate Diaz (Pictured) finally got to taste a championship fight. Although Diaz came up short in Saturday’s title bout against reigning lightweight champ Benson Henderson, he believes his Gracie Jiu Jitsu homie and current Strikeforce 155-pound king Gilbert Melendez would take it to “Smooth” and likely take his belt in the process.
SEATTLE -- On the biggest stage the sport has ever had, at the final show of the UFCs inaugural year on FOX, after a dominating five-round victory to keep his lightweight belt, Benson Henderson grabbed the microphone in the middle of the Octagon and said this: Seattle! Key Arena! I can do all things through Christ!
It was just as powerful of a statement as Hendersons relentless...
Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz
The two are yet again fighting in the clinch up against the cage. The stalemate is ended by a huge slam from Henderson. Henderson threatens with a choke when Diaz gives up his back, but settles for laying in some heavy elbows and punches when the challenger rolls back onto his back. Diaz gets back to his feet but Henderson is still right...
The lightweight title is on the line at UFC on FOX 5 when champion Ben Henderson takes on challenger Nate Diaz.
The stacked main card also features the return of MMA legend BJ Penn who takes on welterweight prospect Rory MacDonald. In addition, the next number one light heavyweight contender will be determined when Alexander Gustafsson meets Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The Key Arena...
Main Card Weight Class Method Round Time Notes Lightweight Benson Henderson (c) vs. Nate Diaz Note 1 Light Heavyweight Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson Welterweight B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald Welterweight Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown Preliminary Card (FX) Lightweight Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens Bantamweight Raphael Assunção vs. Mike Easton Lightweight...
The UFC on FOX 5 wweigh-ins are in the book’s for tonight’s event. Title challenger Nate Diaz initially weighed in at 155.6 lbs. and later looked surprised he did not get the one pound allowance in a title fight. In a title fight, you are not allowed to come in one pound over the weight limit. Diaz weighed in a second time at 155.2 lbs., but on his third try he was able to finally...
The UFC On FOX 5 fights themselves did come through, as most contests were exciting, entertaining and featured a number of finishes. Although not everything went according to plan.