Well, that was convincing.
At UFC on Fox 5 Saturday night, Benson Henderson thoroughly and enthusiastically defended his lightweight belt against a nasty and streaking challenger in Nathan Diaz. Henderson smothered Diaz's potent boxing attack, took him down at regular intervals and tenderized him with ground strikes. It was a horn-to-horn trucking, and a true unanimous decision win.
Only a bona fide elite at the top of his game can produce that kind of masterwork. Plenty of fans were reluctant to buy many shares in Bendo after two rather uncompelling wins over the beloved Frankie Edgar (one to win the belt and one to defend it). But after Saturday night, the time to get in on the ground floor is officially over.
So yeah, no question Bendo's a champion. But where does he rank among the top 10 lightweights of all time? Does he even crack the list? Let's take a look, why don't we.