UFC on Fox 10 Results: ‘Henderson vs. Thomson’ Play-by-Play & Updates

Jan 25, 2014


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Walt Harris vs. Nikita Krylov

Round 1

Krylov starts with kicks, targeting the legs and body of Harris, who sends straight punches down the center from the southpaw stance. Krylov connects with a right roundhouse kick to the side of Harris’ head, sending the American backpedaling and covering up. A right hand puts Harris down near the base of the fence, and Krylov swarms him with ground-and-pound until referee Rob Madrigal intervenes.

The Official Result

Nikita Krylov def. Walt Harris via TKO (Head Kick and Punches) R1 0:25

Mike Rhodes vs. George Sullivan

Round 1

Rhodes stays on his back foot to start the fight, looking to counter while Sullivan inches forward. Sullivan scores with four or five leg kicks on the southpaw, has a pair of high kicks swiped away. Rhodes switches to orthodox stance and lands a low kick of his own; he slips and falls but pops right back up before Sullivan can pounce. Sullivan keeps the leg kicks coming until Rhodes moves in to clinch against the cage, and “Biggie” hits a suplex to dump Sullivan to the ground. Sullivan stands up, Rhodes still attached to his back as they work on the fence. Sullivan turns around and separates with about two minutes left in the round. Rhodes tries some kicks of his own, nothing landing flush, until Sullivan shoots for a double-leg against the fence. The second effort puts Rhodes on the ground, but he tries a kimura from underneath. Sullivan counters by stepping into full mount and dropping short right hands while Rhodes tries to finish the submission.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sullivan
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sullivan
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rhodes

Round 2

The welterweights trade leg kicks early in round two; one from Rhodes appears to stray to the cup, but Sullivan says he’s alright and they fight on. Sullivan is stringing together combinations now, although still not landing anything too cleanly. Rhodes sticks a jab, takes a leg kick in return. Rhodes’ left hand to the body is followed by a right hook up top, and he sails at Sullivan with a jump knee to finish the attack. Sullivan is still coming up short on his punches, and Rhodes catches him leaning over to score with an uppercut. Rhodes complains of a low blow near the one-minute mark, but referee John McCarthy tells the fighters to continue. Sullivan closes in to clinch and Rhodes turns it around with a takedown attempt of his own. Sullivan reverses, trying for a takedown to finish the frame.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Rhodes
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Rhodes
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Rhodes

Round 3

Rhodes lands a pair of hard, outside leg kicks while checking two that Sullivan throws. More chopping kicks connect for Rhodes, and he sticks a stiff jab down the middle, all while continuing to check Sullivan’s attacks. Rhodes holds Sullivan against the fence midway through the final round, sneaking around to try and take the back before separating. Sullivan grazes with a big overhand right, countered by a jab and a spinning kick to the body by Rhodes. Sullivan connects with a couple leg kicks before being wrapped up by Rhodes again. Rhodes tries to take the back, but Sullivan turns around and grabs for a single-leg, briefly putting Rhodes on the canvas. Sullivan catches the leaning Rhodes with a knee, but Rhodes grabs a leg to pull Sullivan down one last time before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Sullivan (29-28 Sullivan)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Sullivan (29-28 Sullivan)
Mike Whitman scores the round 10-9 Sullivan (29-28 Rhodes)

The Official Result

George Sullivan def. Mike Rhodes via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Daron Cruickshank vs. Mike Rio

Round 1

Rio inches forward on Cruickshank, who paws with speedy jabs to keep “The Wolverine” at bay. Not much action through the first 90 seconds, though Cruickshank whips a few good kicks at the inside of Rio’s lead leg. Rio steps into the pocket and eats a right hand, ties up and hits Cruickshank with a pair of knees to the body before separating. Cruickshank sends a one-two down the center, follows up with another cracking leg kick, this one answered in kind by Rio. The lightweights both try for straight punches, each jumping back and circling out when the other throws. Rio looks to close in with a pair of punches and instead takes a spinning kick to the midsection. Rio dips in with a wide left hook, followed by a short right on the chin of Cruickshank, who answers with another spinning kick. Cruickshank connects with a nice overhand right off a feint. Cruickshank sticks a pair of punches in Rio’s face and follows up with a head kick that sends Rio to the ground. Cruickshank tries to finish with a 10-finger guillotine, can’t get it and instead punches Rio when he stands. Rio dives for a takedown in the last seconds, sprawled on by Cruickshank.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Cruickshank
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Cruickshank
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Cruickshank

Round 2

Rio shoots for another single and gets stuffed by Cruickshank, who separates with a pair of punches and resets to deliver a hard leg kick. Cruickshank misses with a hook kick but scores with a lovely right hook-body kick combination. Rio blocks a high kick and counters with a counter left hook. A right hand on the chin nearly takes the legs out from under Rio, but he stays up and continues trying to close the distance on Cruickshank. It’s no easy task, as Cruickshank is doing well to keep Rio at bay with jabs and kicks. Rio moves in for a takedown, only to be taken down by Cruickshank and wind up on the mat. Rio grabs hold of Cruickshank’s left leg and goes for a heel hook, forcing Cruickshank to go on the defensive. It takes a minute, but Cruickshank is able to step over and extract his leg, winding up in north-south position with Rio on his knees. Rio stands and circles out, only to eat a huge wheel kick on the face. Rio is dazed, leaning against the fence, and Cruickshank bombs him with punches until Rio slumps to the ground and ref Herb Dean waves it off.

The Official Result

Daron Cruickshank def. Mike Rio via TKO (Wheel Kick and Punches) R2 4:56

Ramiro Hernandez vs. Hugo Viana

Round 1

Viana scores with an overhand right only 20 seconds into the bout and drops Hernandez to the mat. Hernandez hops back up and eats a left, but he appears to have recovered as he circles around the outside and blocks Viana’s next combo. Viana puts a front kick on Hernandez’s body, backs up and allows Hernandez to chase after him for a moment. Viana lands another right hand up top and goes to the body of Hernandez with a kick. Hernandez ducks under a wide left hook and throws a kick to Viana’s body, but Viana counters with another right hand. Combinations are scoring for Viana now, and Hernandez is forced to back away and cover up while the Brazilian is on the attack.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Viana
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Viana
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Viana

Round 2

Hernandez is chasing after Viana but isn’t able to connect on the shorter man, eating winging counters from the Brazilian when they engage. Viana, for his part, is sticking to the outside and not engaging much through the first half of the round, to the displeasure of some in the Chicago crowd. Hernandez scores with a left hook, and Viana fires back with a hard, straight right down the center, followed by more wide hooks. Viana finishes the round with a sequence of right hands over the top and a few kicks to the body, while Hernandez finishes the round with blood streaming from his right eye.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Viana
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Viana
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Viana

Round 3

Viana goes straight back to the outside, forcing Hernandez to chase after him and scoring with hard, wide punches whenever the American gets into range. Eighty seconds in, Hernandez makes Viana miss with a right and counters with a nice, short left hook inside. Viana just cuts an angle, resets and pops Hernandez with a pair of punches before dipping away again. Hernandez walks him down and clips him with another right hand, and this one puts Viana on skates for a moment. Viana catches Hernandez leaning over and connects with an overhand right behind the ear. Hernandez is sporting another cut now, this one on his hairline, coating the right side of his face with blood. Two minutes left and Viana is almost jogging now, constantly circling away from Hernandez, who won’t stop chasing him. Hernandez puts his hands down and waves Viana forward, then mocks the Brazilian by jogging in place. Viana just keeps circling, and Hernandez closes in to score with a clean right to the jaw. With Viana swinging wildly, Hernandez rocks him with a right. Hernandez tries to chase him down, but Viana stays up to hear the final horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Hernandez (29-27 Viana)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Hernandez (29-28 Viana)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hernandez (29-28 Viana)

The Official Result

Hugo Viana def. Ramiro Hernandez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Chico Camus vs. Yaotzin Meza

Round 1

Meza stays on the outside, working some leg kicks, while Camus throws heavy punches as he tries to close the gap. He moves in toward Meza against the fence, and Meza turns a failed takedown try into a clinch on the cage. Meza wrestles him to the ground and gets swept, with Camus winding up in Meza’s butterfly guard. They move away from the fence and Meza wraps up Camus in closed guard. Camus postures up to land some very short punches but can’t get much separation. Referee Otto Torriero stands them up with 10 seconds remaining, just enough time for Camus to shoot for a takedown as time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Camus
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Camus
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Camus

Round 2

Camus knocks Meza down with a straight left hand and follows him to the canvas, but Meza is quick to sweep to top position. They move from the middle of the cage to the base of the fence, with Camus not giving Meza much room to work. After 90 seconds on the ground, ref Torriero stands them up and Camus immediately drills Meza with a right straight. Meza tries to fend him off with a front kick, but Camus closes in and hits another takedown. Meza briefly holds a headlock and then releases, and Camus thwarts a sweep attempt. Meza succeeds in getting Camus back into guard, but as he tries for another sweep, Camus is able to step into full mount. Camus stands up, allowing Meza to roll over, and then sits down in back-mount. Camus tries to parlay the position into an arm-triangle, but Meza peels his arms off and Camus goes back to full mount. Another sweep fails for Meza, allowing Camus to retake back-mount. Camus is too high on the back and Meza slips out the back door, then chases after Camus on feet to try a takedown of his own. Camus defends and finishes the round with his back on the fence.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Camus
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Camus
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Camus

Round 3

Camus puts Meza on the floor near the fence, then pulls him away from the cage and gets back to full mount. Meza tries to walk off the cage but gives up his back again, and Camus wastes no time sinking in both hooks. Camus is riding high again as he hunts for a rear-naked choke. He breaks Meza’s posture and manages to secure the position as he tries to snake his arm under Meza’s chin. Meza rolls over, putting Camus back in mount with about two minutes left in the fight. Camus loses the position as Meza rolls again and uses the cage to scrape him off. They scramble up and Camus lands another takedown, achieving full mount one last time before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Camus (30-26 Camus)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Camus (30-27 Camus)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Camus (30-26 Camus)

The Official Result

Chico Camus def. Yaotzin Meza via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) R3 5:00

Eddie Wineland vs. Yves Jabouin

Round 1

Wineland closes in on Jabouin immediately, walking him toward the fence and throwing a pair of punches to the body, then a kick to the leg. Jabouin responds with body kicks, landing a couple before getting Wineland to bite on a feint. They move to the center of the cage and Wineland sticks a straight right, then clips Jabouin with another when the “Tiger” steps in to strike. Jabouin slaps Wineland’s face with a left high kick, but Wineland keeps coming to connect with another hard right hand. Wineland goes body-head, then back up top with a left hook that makes Jabouin circle out. Jabouin lands a kick to the body and a quick jab, and he snuffs out a shot from Wineland inside the last 30 seconds. Wineland keeps control with underhooks and punishes Jabouin with knees to the body before round’s end.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wineland
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Jabouin
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wineland

Round 2

Jabouin is finding his mark early in the middle stanza, popping Wineland with short left hands as he threatens with more kicks. Wineland snipes back with some hard right hands, but he’s also sporting a cut along his hairline on the right side. Wineland catches a kick and spins Jabouin around to land a straight right. Jabouin recovers quickly and slaps Wineland’s face again with a high kick. They come off the fence and Wineland drills him with another right. Jabouin hits the deck and Wineland follows him down, framing up an arm-triangle choke from full mount. Wineland gives up the choke and sits up to drill Jabouin with nasty elbows. Jabouin surrenders his back and Wineland unloads with punches, then sits up to assess the situation. Jabouin is just covering up as Wineland drops heavy left hands, and referee Rob Madrigal has seen enough.

The Official Result

Eddie Wineland def. Yves Jabouin via TKO (Punches) R2 4:16

Sergio Pettis vs. Alex Caceres

Round 1

Caceres closes in on Pettis to open the fight, but Pettis catches a kick and shoves him away to get off the fence. Pettis tries a high kick of his own, finds more success attacking Caceres’ lead leg. Pettis is charging at the taller man, throwing straight punches that make Caceres back up. Another kick to the body of Pettis is caught; Caceres comes back with a knee to the gut. Pettis is keeping Caceres on the outside, cutting off the “TUF” veteran’s angles. After a number of blocked high kicks, Pettis gets one through and it sends Caceres stumbling for a moment. Pettis rocks Caceres’ head with a straight left, and Caceres pushes him away with a teep kick. Caceres connects with a one-two but eats a straight right and then a head kick. Pettis closes in but gets spun off the fence by Caceres, who grazes with a spinning back fist to finish the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Pettis
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Pettis
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Pettis

Round 2

Caceres drops Pettis with a short left hand and comes down on top, trying to secure back control. The kneeling Pettis is able to keep Caceres off his back and scramble to his feet, and “The Phenom” seems to have recovered as he comes up throwing head kicks. Pettis slugs down the center with a straight right and misses with a right high kick as he chases Caceres around the perimeter. Now it’s Caceres taking the center and rattling off unorthodox strikes, spinning back kicks and double-handed punches. They don’t land clean but they do serve to slow Pettis’ roll. Pettis gets going again with a slapping head kick, then a straight right hand. Caceres backs him away with a push kick and ducks under a wheel kick. Pettis tries to clinch, maybe looking for a late takedown, but he’s shoved away. Caceres whiffs on a spinning back fist, and Pettis counters with a missed spinning kick.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Caceres
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Caceres
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Caceres

Round 3

Pettis trips Caceres to the ground, but “Bruce Leeroy” hops back up with a kimura attempt. Pettis pulls his arm free and Caceres sprints away to reset. Caceres steps in with an inside leg kick but eats a counter right hand for his trouble. Pettis sends a straight right down the center but gets caught up throwing a high kick. The Duke Roufus pupil falls to the ground and Caceres jumps on top, but Pettis tosses him up and gets to his feet. They clinch for a split second and Caceres drives a knee to Pettis’ body. Two minutes left and Pettis tags Caceres with a straight left and a body shot. Caceres eats a jab and dips out, coming back to tag Pettis with a short left and a body kick. Pettis goes for a takedown, winds up in the whizzer and gets thrown to the ground. Pettis dives on a heel hook, but Caceres pulls his leg free and jumps on Pettis’ back. Caceres immediately sinks in a rear-naked choke and forces Pettis to tap out.

The Official Result

Alex Caceres def. Sergio Pettis via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R3 4:39

Jeremy Stephens vs. Darren Elkins

Round 1

Stephens attacks Elkins with kicks early, one to the leg and one to the body. Elkins moves in to clinch and gets shoved away, then takes another leg kick. Stephens lands a glancing uppercut and stuffs another shot, then catches a kick and follows Elkins to the ground. Stephens opts to stand up and shakes Elkins off his leg as he does. Elkins goes for another single-leg and Stephens tries to hop out of it, but he winds up pressed against the fence. Stephens separates and begins swinging with full force when Elkins steps into range, but the “Lil Heathen” can’t find his big shot. Elkins gets popped with a right hand, comes back to throw and takes a knee to the body.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Stephens
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Stephens
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Stephens

Round 2

Elkins takes 40 seconds before shooting for a takedown against the fence, and Stephens easily escapes. More right hands are landing for Stephens now, two or three good ones before Elkins opts for another shot. Stephens sprawls and stands him up against the fence again until Elkins relents. The featherweights reset and Elkins comes forward throwing hands, leaving his body open to a left hand from the ducking Stephens. A hard leg kick chops down Elkins, who shoots and is denied again. Elkins lands a kick but pays for it immediately as Stephens connects with a huge uppercut. Another takedown attempt fails for Elkins, who backpedals and connects with a kick to the body. Stephens tags the incoming Elkins with another big uppercut, and now it’s Stephens coming forward in the closing seconds, finishing the round with a left hook that knocks Elkins to the mat.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Stephens
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Stephens
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Stephens

Round 3

Stephens hits a takedown and falls into a guillotine. The choke isn’t deep at first, but Elkins tightens it as they scoot toward the fence, then tries to finish. Stephens explodes out and stands, inviting Elkins to do the same. Elkins catches a kick and tries to hustle Stephens to the ground, but Stephens keeps his balance. An uppercut to the body and left hook upstairs score for Stephens, followed by a whipping kick to the outside of Elkins’ left leg. Inside the final minute, Stephens stumbles on a punch and Elkins rushes to try and capitalize. Stephens grabs hold and pushes Elkins against the cage, and Elkins responds by grabbing a guillotine and rushing Stephens to the ground. Elkins tries to mount and finish the guillotine, but he stalls out in half-guard and time expires.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Stephens (30-27 Stephens)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Elkins (29-28 Stephens)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Stephens (30-27 Stephens)

The Official Result

Jeremy Stephens def. Darren Elkins via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins

Round 1

Martins hits Cerrone with a hard kick to the body in the opening 15 seconds, and Cerrone shoots for a takedown. Martins shuts it down and circles out, standing outside Cerrone’s range in the southpaw stance. Cerrone is quick to get his leg kicks working, landing five or six in quick succession while mixing in a couple straight right hands. Martins comes back with a short left hook-right straight combo. Cerrone hits a couple more leg kicks before Martins tries to wrap up and trip him. Cerrone shakes him off and sticks a jab, but Martins responds with a hard left hand of his own. Cerrone trips Martins to the ground and steps into full mount. It lasts only a second as Martins bumps the “Cowboy” off and scrambles up. Cerrone sends a front kick to the breadbasket and then a leg kick outside. From the pocket, Cerrone throws a right high kick that connects shin-to-neck and knocks Martins out cold.

The Official Result

Donald Cerrone def. Adriano Martins via KO (Head Kick) R1 4:40

Stipe Miocic vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Round 1

The heavyweights exchange cracking leg kicks before Gonzaga tags Miocic with an overhand right. Miocic just eats it and inches forward on the grappling ace, and they trade low kicks again. Gonzaga is sticking to the outside, covering up when Miocic throws hands and countering with the right hand. Miocic jabs his way into range and takes another right on the chin, then an inside leg kick. Miocic paws with a four-punch combination, mostly deflected by “Napao.” Gonzaga catches a kick and throws Miocic to the ground, but Miocic is quick to stand and escape. Miocic slides away from Gonzaga’s next overhand right to stick a jab, then another. The right hand is working for Miocic now, but he gets countered with another overhand when he lands a low kick. Gonzaga throws a left high kick, grabs a low kick and tries to ground Miocic again, this time to no avail. Gonzaga hits a double-leg with 40 seconds left in the round, but Miocic is back on his feet 10 seconds later.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Gonzaga
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Gonzaga
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Gonzaga

Round 2

Miocic lands a hard leg kick inside, and Gonzaga responds with one outside before shooting for a single-leg. Miocic sprawls on it and then backpedals away when Gonzaga tries to chase him down with for a high kick. Miocic just keeps walking down Gonzaga, connecting with straight punches which have reddened the Brazilian’s right eye. Gonzaga keeps covering up, picking his spots for counters. He tries a blocked left high kick, then a single-leg, again stuffed. Miocic splits Gonzaga’s guard with a standing elbow and backs it up with more straight punches and leg kicks. Not much offense coming from Gonzaga in the second half of round two, as he mostly covers up while Miocic marches forward to box.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Miocic
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Miocic
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Miocic

Round 3

Gonzaga opens the round with a leg kick and right hand, but Miocic answers by walking straight ahead and continuing to stick punches in his face. Gonzaga spends a minute eating jabs and hooks before trying for and being denied another takedown. Miocic just keeps the punches coming: jab, jab, right hook, jab, jab, jab. Midway through the round, Miocic picks Gonzaga’s ankle and rushes him to the ground, then stands over the Brazilian and lands a punch to the body. Gonzaga misses with an upkick, tries to scramble up and slips, winding up on his back again with Miocic still standing over him. Miocic comes to the ground and sits up in Gonzaga’s half-guard to land a few short shots. Gonzaga gets back to his feet with 15 seconds to go and puts one last right hand on Miocic’s head, but it looks like too little, too late.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Miocic (29-28 Miocic)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Miocic (29-28 Miocic)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Miocic (29-28 Miocic)

The Official Result

Stipe Miocic def. Gabriel Gonzaga via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) R3 5:00

Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson

Round 1

Henderson lines up in the southpaw stance and punches at Thomson’s thigh, then goes high on the other side with a blocked head kick. When Henderson moves closer, Thomson grabs hold and dumps him to the ground, immediately moving to back control and locking up a body triangle. Henderson tries to walk off the fence while Thomson looks to peel away his arms and work for a rear-naked choke. Thomson can’t get under Henderson’s chin, so he thuds a few punches off the ex-champ’s ribs. Henderson stands with Thomson still attached to his back, and Thomson releases the body triangle. The lightweights fight on the cage with over-unders, Henderson on the outside, stomping at Thomson’s feet. Thomson turns it around, but Henderson drives a knee to the body and then trips “The Punk” to the ground. As Thomson scrambles up, Henderson grabs a standing arm-triangle choke and keeps hold as they fall to the ground. Thomson pulls his head free and grabs Henderson’s back as they stand, then scoops him up and dumps Henderson on his head before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson

Round 2

Henderson drives a knee to the body of Thomson, who catches the leg but can’t trip “Smooth” to the ground. They clinch on the fence with Henderson on the outside, again looking for the standing arm-triangle. He releases and Thomson works a couple knees to the body with his back to the fence. Henderson is looking to reap the inside leg but can’t, leaving his midsection open to more knees. Two minutes into the round, referee John McCarthy splits them up. Henderson closes the gap with a push kick and an uppercut to the body, but Thomson grabs hold of him and throws Henderson to the mat at the base of the fence. Again, Thomson goes straight to back mount with a body triangle, and again Henderson stands up. Thomson jumps off and keeps his back to the fence as Henderson resets in the center. The fighters trade low kicks before Henderson rushes in with straight punches, then gets backed out when Thomson throws some of the same. Thomson grabs a kick and moves across the cage but can’t put Henderson on the ground.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson

Round 3

Henderson sticks Thomson with a Superman punch off the horn and follows up with two or three quick jabs. He hustles Thomson to the ground, but the AKA fighter is quick to scramble up. Henderson follows and takes hold of Thomson’s back, but Thomson squirts out and circles away. Thomson switches back and forth between southpaw and orthodox stances until Henderson closes the gap and pushes him against the cage. They separate and Thomson shoots for a takedown, but he winds up back on the fence. Henderson lands a good elbow on the break. Thomson catches Henderson coming with a knee, turns the corner and takes his back, then trips Henderson to the ground. Henderson jumps right back up and trips Thomson down, moving straight to side control with 25 seconds remaining. Thomson breaks free and gets up to finish the round on his feet.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Henderson
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Henderson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Henderson

Round 4

Thomson catches a body kick and tries to sweep the leg, but Henderson keeps his balance and follows up with another. After taking a hard leg kick, Thomson whips Henderson to the mat and comes down in half-guard. Henderson puts him back in full guard, then traps Thomson’s left arm in rubber guard to deliver a couple short elbows. Henderson switches to short right hands, then more elbows as he creeps his other leg up. Thomson breaks the posture and stands, then comes back down to put a pair of punches in Henderson’s face. Henderson drives forward, gets cradled and put back on the ground. Henderson scrambles up again, and this time Thomson tries to jump on his back. Thomson can’t make it, and Henderson turns around to score a takedown of his own. Thomson stands with Henderson holding him in a rear waistlock, kneeing and kicking at Thomson’s legs. They separate with 80 seconds left in the round; 30 seconds later, Thomson drags Henderson to the ground and takes back mount with a body triangle once again. Thomson tries to get the crowd going, waving for noise before pulling Henderson to the mat to finish the frame.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson

Round 5

Henderson drills Thomson with a hard knee to the body, backs out and throws a leg kick which is checked. Thomson answers with a single outside leg kick as he continues to move around the outside, with Henderson taking center cage. Thomson ducks a punch from Henderson and comes back to zap the former champ with a straight right. Thomson follows a quick punching combo with a leg kick that momentarily knocks Henderson to the canvas. Henderson has a pair of high kicks deflected, then lands a hard one low. Henderson dips in with an uppercut to the body and Thomson retaliates with a few snappy punches. Thomson grabs a leg and shoves it toward Henderson’s face, throwing him to the mat on the other side of the cage. As Henderson stands, Thomson grabs hold of his back and works hard to pull him back down. Henderson stifles the takedown attempt and turns around, and the lightweights jockey for position on the cage. Both men drive knees up the center, and Henderson lands an elbow over the top as they split. Henderson steps in with another body shot, and that’s the last offense of the fight.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson (49-46 Thomson)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Thomson (49-46 Thomson)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson (49-46 Thomson)

The Official Result

Benson Henderson def. Josh Thomson via Split Decision (49-46, 48-47, 47-48) R5 5:00

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