After The Crossfire – UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs Thomson

Benson Henderson defeated Josh Thomson by split-decision in the main event of UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago.

The match was even with Thomson landing takedowns against the cage, with Henderson escaping and landing some of his own along with heavy legkicks.

One of them broke Thomson’s arm and thumb area, preventing him from clasping.

All in all, it was probably the difference. With the win, Henderson regains relevancy in the upper echelon of the lightweight division.

Despite the loss,  his gutsy performance in a fight he didn’t have to take will probably ensure that Thomson stays in the mix for a shot at the title.

Welcome back to The Crossfire.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman weighs in on the main event matchups:

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland is proficient in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

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#10 DARREN ELKINS”  VS JEREMY STEPHENS

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WINNER: JEREMY STEPHENS VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION.

Wiseman: The takedown defence of Stephens played a huge part of his success against Elkins. The second part, his combinations. Elkins showed that he can take a punch and that he has heart, but he didn’t unload enough. Elkins also showed that he is dangerous off his back and in the clinch, but if he can’t get things to the mat, he struggles. A solid  performance by Stephens.

#8 DONALD CERRONE VS ADRIANO MARTINS

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WINNER: DONALD CERRONE VIA KO/TKO.

Wiseman: Cerrone’s standup is amongst the best, but with his last performance we saw him evolving even better. Against Martins, the kicks and jabs were key. He kept throwing outside leg kicks just to prepare for a head kick before the end of the first round for a TKO finish. Martins showed his own successful combinations, but Cerrone is on the rise and showing true growth as a fighter.

#8 STIPE MIOCIC VS #12 GABRIEL GONZAGA

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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: (L-R) Opponents Stipe Miocic and Gabriel Gonzaga face off during the UFC weigh-in event at the Chicago Theatre on January 24, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: STIPE MIOCIC VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION.

Wiseman: If Gonzaga couldn’t win in the striking department it was obvious that he needed to get things to the mat where he could use his submission game. The problem that appeared rather quickly was the takedown defence of Miocic. Miocic stuffed takedowns, used his striking to keep Gonzaga at a distance, then outlasted him in the cardio department. The cardio problem isn’t new for Gonzaga and Joe Rogan was very quick to point out that maybe he needs to up his inner circle of training partners. Not saying they are not talented, but maybe Gonzaga needs to be pushed more.

MAIN EVENT

#1 BENSON HENDERSON VS #4 JOSH THOMSON

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WINNER: BENSON HENDERSON VIA SPLIT-DECISION.

Wiseman: For Thomson he was fantastic with his takedowns and submission attempts. Benson was able to stay out of trouble when threatened and he was able to land superior combinations.

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The grappling was equal until Thomson possibly broke his thumb. He still put on a fight until the end of the final round, but Benson was fighting strong throughout which gave him the edge.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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