Tonight, the Chicago crowd got an exciting lightweight showdown between Ben Henderson and Josh Thomson. It was an important bout for both fighters, as the winner of this bout put their name in the mix to challenge for the title, which is currently being held by Anthony Pettis.
Each round was very close. The majority of the fight was played out in the clinch position and on the ground. Each had their moments, getting the takedowns when the openings were there. Thomson seemed to have momentum in rounds one and two, where Henderson found his rhythm in the third and fourth round. It really came down to the fifth round, and everything was up for grabs.
Henderson controlled more of the fifth round, and landed more kicks and punches. When it was all over, it really could have gone either way. It was a hard-fought match between two elite lightweights, but when the judges tallied up the scorecards, it was Henderson who came out on top. Henderson landed more total strikes, and more significant strikes as well. This may have been the difference in the fight, and he gets his name back in the win column. It was a much-needed win, as Henderson was coming off a submission loss to Pettis.
Props to Thomson, who many felt won the fight using his grappling. And, turns out, he fought the majority of the fight with a broken hand, which is a testament to the type of will and mental toughness Thomson has. Congrats to Henderson on the impressive victory. He will more than likely have to get one more win under his belt before fighting for the title, but this win is a great step in the right direction.