A thrilling lightweight title fight takes place for the next UFC on Fox card between Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz. This fight has the makings to be fight of the year, as both fighters possess some incredible skills inside the cage.
Ben Henderson comes into this fight as the reigning champion. He is coming off a great victory over Frankie Edgar; a bout that was back and forth for the majority of each round. The judges ultimately sided with Henderson, and he now has beat Frankie Edgar twice in a row. In both fights, Henderson showed an excellent ability to land kicks on Edgar and also utilize his grappling control. Henderson is currently 5-0 in the UFC, and he will be looking to make it 6-0 when he takes on Nate Diaz.
Diaz comes into this fight on a three fight winning streak. Since returning from the welterweight division, he seems to have found his stride. His boxing has never looked crisper and his jiu jitsu is just as dynamic as it ever was, which can be seen with his wins over Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller. Diaz is 16-7 in his overall career, and he will look to finally capture UFC gold when he takes on Ben Henderson.
This fight is one of the most compelling lightweight fights in recent memory. Not only do both fighters have the skills to be champions, but their mental game is also a cut above the rest. Diaz is known for his trash talk inside the cage, and it will be interesting to see how Henderson deals with that dynamic because he has never faced something like that in his career.
Henderson even talked about the trash talk in a recent interview, saying that he is still adjusting when his training partners talk trash to him. Will Nate Diaz be able to get under Ben Henderson’s skin in hopes of throwing him off his game? Stay tuned!