Benson Henderson claimed yet another controversial decision. | Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
When it comes to five round fights and narrow verdicts, controversy just seems to court Benson Henderson. The former lightweight champion was up to his old tricks at UFC on Fox 10, as he captured a disputed split decision over Josh Thomson in the evening’s headliner at the United Center in Chicago Saturday night.
While many unofficial scorers disagreed with the ruling, don’t expect Henderson to return the victory. The win was plenty welcome for the Lab MMA product, who relinquished his title to Anthony Pettis in his previous outing at UFC 164. If Thomson decides to stick around, his stock doesn't figure to drop significantly after such a narrow defeat. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC on Fox 10, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
9: Media scorers, of the 11 tracked by MMADecisions.com, who submitted tallies in favor of Thomson. Of course, the two of the three cageside judges saw things differently, as “The Punk” lost a split verdict (47-48, 49-46, 48-47) to Henderson in the main event.
3-0: Record in five round, split decisions in the UFC for Henderson, who, in addition to the win over Thomson, also took contentious split verdicts over Gilbert Melendez and Frankie Edgar in the Octagon. Henderson is 10-1 as a professional in bouts that go to the judges.
6-5: Record for Thomson in bouts that go the distance. He is 14-1 in bouts that end via knockout, technical knockout or submission.
81: Total strikes by which Henderson outlanded Thomson. The former lightweight king held his greatest striking edge in rounds three (30 to 2) and four (41 to 8).
4: Takedowns landed by both Thomson and Henderson. While Henderson was successful on all four of his takedown attempts, Thomson landed four of 11 takedowns. However, the American Kickboxing Academy product was able to take Henderson’s back repeatedly over the course of the five-round fight.
8: Decision victories for Henderson to begin his UFC career, making him the first fighter to garner his first eight victories with the promotion via decision.
3: Head kick knockout finishes at UFC on Fox 10, the most ever at a UFC event. Four previous events featured two such finishes: UFC 70, UFC 126, UFC Live 6 and UFC Fight Night 32.
40: Significant strikes by which Stipe Miocic outlanded Gabriel Gonzaga over the final two rounds of their heavyweight showdown. Gonzaga started quickly, outlanding his opponent 17 to 11 in round one, but “Napao” faded down the stretch as Miocic outlanded him 52 to 12 over the final 10 minutes.
10: Finishes via knockout, technical knockout or submission for Donald Cerrone in UFC/WEC competition, second only to Nate Diaz (11) among lightweights. The Jackson’s MMA product surpassed B.J. Penn and Joe Lauzon with his head-kick knockout of Adriano Martins on Saturday.
13: Post-fight bonuses earned under while competing for the UFC and WEC for Cerrone, a Zuffa record. “Cowboy” collected a “Knockout of the Night” bonus for his finish of Martins. 0: Takedowns landed in nine attempts by Darren Elkins, who lost a unanimous decision to Jeremy Stephens in a featured featherweight tilt. While Elkins is often classified as a grinding wrestler, his career takedown success rate is just 35 percent; the UFC average is 42 percent.
3-0: Record for Stephens since dropping to 145 pounds. His featherweight tenure includes wins over Elkins, Rony Mariano Bezerra and Estevan Payan. “Lil Heathen” was 7-8 in UFC lightweight bouts.
4:39: Time of Alex Caceres’ rear-naked choke submission of Sergio Pettis in their bantamweight encounter. It was the second-latest rear-naked choke victory in a three-round UFC bout. Only Forrest Griffin’s submission of Mauricio Rua at UFC 76, which ended 4:45 into round three, came later. Additionally, it is the second latest submission overall in a UFC/WEC bantamweight three-round fight; Bryan Caraway’s submission over Johnny Bedford at UFC 159 came at the 4:44 mark of the third frame.
.320: Significant striking accuracy for Caceres, who landed 53 of 164 significant strikes attempted against Pettis. Coming into the bout, Caceres’ significant striking accuracy of .587 ranked fourth in promotion history among fighters with at least 350 significant strike attempts.
7: Knockdowns landed by Eddie Wineland during his UFC/WEC career. Wineland floored Yves Jabouin in the second round to pass Michael McDonald for first all-time among Zuffa bantamweights.
11: Guard passes executed by Chico Camus over the course of his decision triumph against Yaotzin Meza in their bantamweight bout. Camus outgrappled his opponent throughout the contest to earn his second consecutive win in the Octagon.
79: Significant strikes landed by Hugo Viana in his unanimous verdict over Ramiro Hernandez. “Wolverine” outlanded his opponent 23 to 8 in round one, 28 to 8 in round two and 28 to 24 in round three.
2: Victories via head-kick KO in UFC competition for Daron Cruickshank, making him one of seven fighters -- Cerrone would later become the seventh -- in the promotion to earn two or more such victories. Cruickshank stopped Mike Rio with a spinning wheel-kick and follow-up punches on Saturday. In December 2012, “The Detroit Superstar” knocked at Henry Martinez with a head kick at UFC on Fox 5.
27: Significant strikes by which Cruickshank outlanded Rio in the decisive second frame. The lightweight clash came to an end 4:56 into round two.
200: Total strikes thrown by George Sullivan in his unanimous decision victory over Mike Rhodes. The former CFFC champion was active, if not especially accurate, landing 81 total strikes overall. By comparison, Rhodes landed 57 of 112 total strikes.
12: Takedowns defended, in 14 attempts, by Rhodes. The Roufusport product landed two of his four takedown attempts.
18: Difference, in pounds, between heavyweight Nikita Krylov’s weigh-in prior to UFC 164 (236) and what he weighed in at for UFC on Fox 10 (218). The weight cut seemed to pay off, as the Ukrainian fighter stopped Walt Harris with a head kick and follow-up strikes in the evening’s opening bout.
25: Seconds needed for Krylov to finish Harris, giving “Al Capone” the sixth fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history.