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Play the clock
It sounds boring, I know. But when it comes to defeating a resurgent Josh Thomson after losing the lightweight title to Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson needs to be Benson Henderson.
And if anything can be taken from his UFC career thus far, it's that he's at his best when he's in control and playing it safe while the clock is ticking.
Some fans would scoff at that game plan, but this is the man's job. Any time he can win a fight and absorb the least amount of damage, he's doing it right.
Now while Henderson should play it cool on Saturday night opposite the dangerous Thomson, will he?
Nobody really knows. Henderson hasn't fought in a non-title fight since 2011 against Clay Guida, so anything is possible.
But if he wants to right the ship, remain relevant and avoid his first two-fight losing streak of his career, "Smooth" should grind Thomson down, keep his distance and remember what fueled his recent championship reign.
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