Ben Henderson has defended his UFC Lightweight title for the second time, this time beating Nate Diaz at the KeyStone Arena in Seattle, Washington.
Diaz had celebrated his 17th fight inside the Octagon, but it was Benson Henderson who methodically picked his opponent throughout all five rounds. Henderson looked balanced and well-rounded in every aspect of Mixed Martial Arts, which made every offensive move executed by Diaz too predictable.
As always, Nate Diaz continued the tradition by taunting his opponent throughout the fight, but then again, Henderson stayed concentrated on his goal to leave the arena victorious. Towards the end of Round 3, such taunting nearly cost Diaz a fight, when Ben Henderson timed-in a strong punch that dropped the challenger.
Ben Henderson step-by-step establishes himself as one of the most dominant champions in UFC history. In fact, he’s one fight away from levelling BJ Penn‘s record of three title defenses. Henderson’s MMA record now on a six-fight winning streak, with a professional Mixed Martial Arts record of 18 victories and 2 losses.
The last man to defeat Benderson is Anthony Pettis, who’s expected to go toe-to-toe with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January. While Henderson vs. Pettis II is a very intriguing match-up, Cowboy Cerrone surely has plans of his own. Another interesting candidate for the belt could come from Strikeforce – Nate Diaz’s friend and training partner Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez. Two-time title challenger Gray Maynard could also get himself into the mix, if he manages to make a statement against Joe Lauzon at UFC 155.
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