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Still clinging to a Top 10 position in the pound-for-pound rankings, Benson Henderson's potentially long climb back to another shot at the 155-pound championship begins at UFC on Fox 10.
Coming off of his second loss in two fights with Anthony Pettis, Henderson might need some help to get another shot at the lightweight strap. A third fight with "Showtime" isn't likely to happen soon, so Henderson will be rooting against the champion from now on.
At UFC on Fox 10, Henderson will meet Josh Thomson. The Strikeforce veteran recently became the first fighter to stop Nate Diaz inside the Octagon and will be looking to earn a title shot of his own by beating Henderson.
Beating Thomson decisively would strengthen the former champion's hold on his Top 10 spot in the pound-for-pound rankings. However, a loss to "The Punk" could bounce Henderson from the list of elite pound-for-pound fighters on the UFC roster.
Official UFC Pound-for-Pound Rankings
- Jon Jones
- Jose Aldo
- Cain Velasquez
- Demetrious Johnson
- Chris Weidman
- Renan Barao
- Anderson Silva
- Anthony Pettis
- Benson Henderson
- Ronda Rousey
- Johny Hendricks
- Vitor Belfort
- Urijah Faber (+1)
- Gilbert Melendez (+1)
- Dominick Cruz (-2)
Dominick Cruz is going on three years without stepping into the Octagon.
It's near impossible to say how good he'll be when he returns from multiple injuries and such a long hiatus from competition. For that reason, he should be removed from the pound-for-pound rankings until he comes back and proves his skills have not diminished.
With Cruz falling two spots in this edition of the rankings, it appears the voters are adopting that line of thinking.
One change was made to the pound-for-pound rankings, and it was a good call.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC Fight Night 35 Pound-for-Pound Fights
UFC on Fox 10 Pound-for-Pound Fights
- No. 9 Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson