Benson Henderson is ready to begin his journey back to the 155-pound championship. He'll get started at UFC on Fox 10, where Strikeforce veteran Josh Thomson will look to build his own case for a title shot with a win over the former champion.
Five months ago, Henderson was only one win away from breaking the UFC record for consecutive lightweight title defenses. In an attempt to get that victory, "Smooth" was submitted by a familiar foe in Anthony Pettis, who also dethroned Henderson under the WEC banner.
A few months earlier, Thomson picked up an impressive victory over former title challenger Nate Diaz, who went the distance with Henderson at UFC on Fox 5. Becoming the first fighter to stop Diaz with strikes was enough to earn "The Punk" a matchup that could elevate him to No. 1 lightweight contender.
Will Henderson take an important step back toward reclaiming his belt, or can Thomson make a big move and earn a chance to claim the 155-pound strap?
As this pivotal lightweight bout approaches, here is closer look at how Henderson and Thomson match up against each other in all areas.