UFC on FOX 5 Results: What We Learned from Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2012

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In the main event of UFC on FOX 5, Benson Henderson defended his lightweight title against No. 1 contender Nate Diaz.

The fight was billed as a near even contest, but it was anything but. Henderson thoroughly outclassed Diaz for five straight rounds and cruised to an easy and convincing decision victory.


What we'll remember from this fight:

Henderson's performance separates him from the rest of a congested lightweight division.

While his victories over Frankie Edgar allowed some to doubt his championship legitimacy, his win over Diaz does not. It was convincing in every sense of the word and may just get Henderson mentioned in some pound-for-pound talks.


What we learned about Diaz:

As impressive as his recent three-fight win streak was, he's clearly not on the same level as the division's top fighter. 

His reliance on punching through his opponent's defense and favoring submission attempts over takedown defense might not cut it against bigger, longer and more athletic competitors like the champ.

He's still a top contender in the lightweight division though.


What we learned about Henderson:

He's now an undisputed champion. His performance was dominant and he showed off just how well-rounded he is. 

Henderson was able to better Diaz in all facets of the fight and really looks like he could be suiting up for a long title run.


What's next for Diaz:

There are no shortage of viable fights at 155. If Joe Lauzon beats Jim Miller he might make a suitable opponent.


What's next for Henderson:

He'll get whoever separates from the pack. We could be in for Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis II.