Henderson used timely strikes and takedowns to overcome the octagon pressure of Masvidal, who landed some strikes of his own, but for the most part was trying to look for an opening.
The judges scored it 48-47, 47-48, and 49-46.
Masvidal was replacing the injured Thiago Alves.
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So Hee Ham and Courtney Casey earned Fight-of-the-Night honours, while Dominique Steele and Doo Ho Choi earned Performances-of-the-Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 bonus.
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UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
DOO HO CHOI VS SAM SICILIA
WINNER: DOO HOO CHOI VIA TKO R1 1:33
WISEMAN PREDICTION: SAM SICILIA VIA TKO
ANDREWS: Choi just landed more bombs in a wild 90 seconds. Sicilia fired back and landed too, but Choi recovered and reloaded. He proved he has the chin to contend and it’s a great win for him. Sam Sicilia is no joke.
YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA VS ALBERTO MINA
WINNER: ALBERTO MINA VIA SPLIT DECISION (29-28, 28-29 29-28)
WISEMAN PREDICTION: YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA VIA TKO
ANDREWS: I thought Akiyama won this with a good third round, but the judges thought Mina won the first two rounds. It was a good battle, with Akiyama not getting that fast start. He also let Mina steal the second round with Mina’s ground control being one of the main factors.
#7 DONG HYUN KIM VS DOMINIC WATERS
WINNER: DONH HYUN KIM VIA TKO R1 3:11
WISEMAN PREDICTION: DONG HYUN KIM VIA TKO
ANDREWS: Kim dominated from the get-go, trapping Waters in a crucifix and raining down punches. While Waters struggled to break free, the referee was forced to call the fight. Excellent performance by The Stun Gun.
BENSON HENDERSON VS JORGE MASVIDAL
WINNER: BENSON HENDERSON VIA SPLIT-DECISION (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
WISEMAN PREDICTION: BENSON HENDERSON VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
ANDREWS: Henderson just outworked Masvidal and the judges had it closer than the fight really was. Credit Masvidal for taking the fight on short notice, but I’m not sure it would have mattered. Henderson controlled most of the bout with timely strikes and ground control. How far can Henderson’s point-fighting style take him in the welterweight division?