“UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz” took place Saturday inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.
While many believed Nate Diaz would leave the Pacific Northwest with the hardware, reigning lightweight king Benson Henderson (Pictured) easily disposed of Diaz to notch his second straight title defense.
With his lopsided victory over former light heavyweight champ Mauricio Shogun Rua in the card’s co-featured attraction, Alexander Gustafsson emerged as a potential contender to top contender.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Scott Jorgensen Defeated John Albert via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:59 in the 1stRound
Dennis Siver Defeated Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-26)
Abel Trujillo Defeated Marcus Levesseur via TKO (Knees) at 3:56 in the 2ndRound
Daron Cruickshank Defeated Henry Martinez via KO (Head Kick) at 2:57 in the 2ndRound
Ramsey Nijem Defeated Joe Proctor via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 2928)
Raphael Assuncao Defeated Mike Easton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Yves Edwards Defeated Jeremy Stephens via KO (Punches) at 1:55 in the 1stRound
Matt Brown Defeated Mike Swick via KO (Punches) at 2:31 in the 2ndRound
Rory MacDonald Defeated BJ Penn via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Alexander Gustafsson Defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via Unanimous Decision ( 30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Benson Henderson Defeated Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-45) (Henderson retains UFC lightweight title)
Fight Night Bonuses:
Fight of the Night:
Scott Jorgensen and John Albert ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Scott Jorgensen ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Yves Edwards ($65,000)
Post-Fight Press Conference Notes:
UFC president Dana White didn’t attend the presser.
According to director of communications Dave Sholler, 14,412 fans packed the arena, garnering a live gate of for $1.5 million.
MacDonald couldn’t care less if fans don’t like him. He just wants to put on a great performance.
MacDonald said he doesn’t believe he’ll have to fight teammate and reigning welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre because there are plenty of other fights for him right now. Plus, he’s friends with GSP and he also wouldn’t want to lose his standing with Tristar gym.
Gustafsson said he was star struck fighting Shogun. He reiterated that the win warrants a light heavyweight title fight. However, he doesn’t want to wait until summer to compete again, so he’ll take another bout if he has to.
Henderson always fights with a toothpick in his mouth. He then later denied it, worrying he might get in trouble by athletic commissions.
Diaz was disappointed he didn’t perform like he wanted. The vision in his right eye didn’t recover as quickly as he had hoped.
Diaz believes Gilbert Melendez should get next dibs at the UFC lightweight belt.
Penn was taken directly to the hospital after his loss and didn’t attend the presser.