- 19-3 MMA / 7-1 UFC Record
- Won 7 of last 8 Fights
- Notable Wins: Frank Edgar (x2), Jim Miller, Gilbert Melendez
- 20-5 MMA / 3-1 UFC Record
- Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
- Notable Wins: Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz, KJ Noons
UFC on FOX 10
January 25th, 2014
Benson Henderson returns for the first time since losing the UFC’s lightweight belt to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164, submitting to an armbar in the first round. The loss snapped a seven-fight win streak to begin his UFC career, following the UFC/WEC merger. Henderson won the 155-pound strap in February of 2012 and defended it three times before losing to Pettis.
Josh Thomson made his return to the UFC at UFC on FOX 7, stopping Nate Diaz in the second round via TKO. He’s won two of his last three fights, with his only defeat coming against former Strikeforce champion, Gilbert Melendez by a razor-thin split decision. Thompson was booked to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 9, but a lingering injury to the champ forced him out of the bout.
- 18-2 MMA / 6-0 UFC Record
- 6 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Frank Edgar (x2), Jim Miller, Nate Diaz
- 21-2 MMA / 11-1 Strikeforce Record
- 7 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Josh Thomson (x2), Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri
UFC On FOX 7
April 20th, 2013
San Jose, California
After two controversial decision victories against Frank Edgar, Ben Henderson finally left no doubt on his status as UFC lightweight champion with a one-sided unanimous decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5. The win was his sixth consecutive victory inside the octagon since the WEC merger.
Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez will finally get his chance to prove he is the best lightweight in the world in MMA’s biggest organization. Melendez won the Strikeforce title in April of 2009, and successfully defended it six times, including notable victories over Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and two epic battles against rival Josh Thomson.
- 17-2 MMA / 5-0 UFC Record
- 5 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Frank Edgar (x2), Jim Miller, Mark Bocek
- 16-7 MMA / 11-5 UFC Record
- 3 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller
UFC on FOX 5
December 8th, 2012
Ben Henderson retained the UFC lightweight title following another controversial decision against Frank Edgar at UFC 150. Many believed Edgar won the first bout as well, when they met in February and Henderson won the title. Nevertheless, Henderson remains 5-0 in the UFC, since the UFC/WEC merger.
After losing two fights in a row, in the welterweight division, Nate Diaz returned to 155 lbs and put together his three best performances to date inside the octagon. Submission wins against Takanori Gomi and Jim Miller as well as a decision win against Donald Cerrone has earned Diaz a shot at UFC gold.