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Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

Main Event | UFC Lightweight Championship | 155 lbs

Benson Henderson defeats Nate Diaz via 5 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large "Smooth" Benson Henderson
Mmaweekly large Nate Diaz

Round 5

17-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   16-7-0
Climbed to 18-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 16-8
-235 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +185 (Slight Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Us United States   Nationality   Us United States
Glendale, Arizona   Fighting out of   Stockton, California
29 years, 1 day   Age at Fight   27 years, 7 months, 1 day
154.6 lbs (70.1 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
5'9" (175cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
71.0" (180cm)   Reach   76.0" (193cm)
MMA Lab   Gym   Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu
UFC on FOX 5
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
  • Date: Saturday 12.08.2012 at 08:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: KeyArena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Henderson Total Disclosed Pay: $78,000
  • Diaz Total Disclosed Pay: $50,000
  • Title on Line: UFC Lightweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Henderson
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Henderson vs. Diaz Wiki Update Wiki

In February 2012, Benson Henderson took the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar. Shortly after, a rematch was announced, but in the mean time Nate Diaz dominated Jim Miller to take the #1 Contender's spot. After Henderson's rematch, Nate Diaz was scheduled for Henderson's second title defense of 2012 on December 8th as the headliner for the UFC on Fox 5 card.

Play By Play- 

Round 1: Ben starts witha  leg kick. More leg kicks. Ben misses, and Nate clinches and starts kneeing Ben's legs. Ben reverses. Still clinching. Lots of clinching up against the cage, but not a lot of strikes being thrown. Nate's defending the takedown very well. Break, and Diaz lands a good strike. Ben shoots for a takedown and gets it. Starts dropping big bombs. Nate back to his feet. Leg kick that sweeps Nate off his feet. Ben pounds on Nate briefly. Clinch and trading knees. Hit the clinch again and trade a few punches. 

Round 2: Another leg kick from Henderson to open the round. Right into the clinch and then a takedown from Ben. BIG head kick and knee from Benson. Diaz holds up and maintains the clinch. Ben keeps kneeing the legs. Big elbow from Ben in the clinch. Diaz keeps working throwing really short shots to the face. Another big elbow from Ben on the break from the clinch. Diaz is having a hard time hitting Ben, and Ben attacks Diaz's calf again. Ben is punching Diaz's knee and thigh. Ben lands a crushing right hand and knocks Diaz down. He starts raining down blows. Shoulder punches from the clinch by Ben. Ben lands a big left and initiates the clinch again. Nate lands a judo trip and Ben gets right to his feet. Another calf kick from Ben. Nate taunts Ben, but Henderson doesn't take the bait. 

Round 3:  Ben kicks the calf to open the 3rd frame. Henderson is outlanding Diaz by a lot. Diaz starts trying to walk him down, but takes a big right hand. Ben takes Nate down. Nate starts attacking a leg. Ben gets out and they stand after a few blows. Ben takes him down again and starts raining down blows. Nate throws a punch from his back and Ben stops working as quickly. Kind of a stalemate, and Nate starts kicking Ben's leg. Nate rolls fro a leglock. Ben Turns fro a leglock too. Ben rolls out and takes Diaz's bag before a scramble that sees Ben wind up on top. Ben doing the splits  to get out of the leglock attempt from Diaz. Diaz starts talking and takes a huge shot and Ben begins raining down punches again. Nate starts rolling for a leglock again. Nate starts kicking at Ben's body. Quick scramble and Ben winds up on top in open guard before landing a couple blows. 

Round 4: Round opens and a few punches are thrown by each man, but all miss. Ben lands a calf kick. Clinch is initiated and Ben lands a knee while Nate lands a couple punches. Ben takes Nate down and takes Nate's back. Nate gets up and goes right back down. Diaz gives up his back but Ben is still unable to put hooks in. Nate tries to turn to land on top as they fall, but winds up on bottom. Right back up, and then right back down. Ben lands a few shots. He continues to stand in Nate's guard and land a couple shots. Falls to half guard and starts land elbows. Nate goes for a kimura while Ben punches him in the side. Benslips out and takes the back. Quick scramble and Ben stands in Nate's guard while punishing Nate with punches and elbows. Ben punches Diaz's calf and Diaz taunts him to go to the guard. 

Round 5: Dr. checks Nate before the start of the 5th. Both guys try to pump up the crowd. Ben lands a punch to the thigh, then clinches up against the cage. Each guy throws a few strikes, but nothing damaging. Ben picks him up with a high-crotch and slams him. Ben stands in guard and rains down elbows and punches. Diaz is covering up but not really attacking. Nate works his way to his feet. Benson maintains the clinch up against the cage. Nate tries to hold a kimura and Ben drags him down. Ben starts beating on Diaz's body. Back up and to the clinch. Ben starts landing knees to the thigh. Diaz completes a judo toss, but Ben gets up on top and eats a kick to the face. Ben rains down some blows. As Diaz gets up Ben kicks him in the face. Right back to the clinch up against the cage. Ben opens up a flurry of punches to the body and head. Diaz taunts, but they fall on deaf ears. Diaz lands a good punch. 

Official Result: Winner by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-43) Benson "Smooth" Henderson

Last updated 12.08.2012, 10:52 PM ET
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