Ben Henderson is a driven fighter who has set some lofty goals for himself. He believes he’s still the best lightweight on the planet despite losing his belt to Anthony Pettis back at UFC 164. He lost his belt by way of armbar, which was executed perfectly by Pettis. He may have lost his belt, but he didn’t lose his confidence.
Fast forward to today. Henderson is healthy, and he’s ready to tackle a fresh challenge this weekend against Josh Thomson. It’s going to be his first fight since his championship bout with Pettis, and he’s hoping to return to form and finish Thomson in any way he can.
Henderson is an absolute beast in the lightweight division. He’s one of the biggest fighters at lightweight and also one of the most athletic. He has some crisp striking and underrated leg kicks, but where he shines the most is on the ground. He’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu and before his loss to Pettis, he had never been submitted on the ground. This is his best path to victory against Thomson, who will be looking to score the massive upset.
Let’s get down to the prediction. Henderson may be coming off a loss, but he’s still got the skills to be a champ again. He’s going to be motivated against Thomson and will set the pace early. He will keep the fight on the feet for a while, but he will shoot in and take Thomson down when he least expects it. From there, he will control Thomson and land some good shots on the ground.
This is a five-round fight, which is something Henderson is accustomed to. He will drag this fight out into deep waters and will impose his will on Thomson on the ground for five straight rounds.
Final Prediction: Ben Henderson wins via unanimous decision