UFC 129 Fight Card: Ben Henderson, Elite Lightweight Mixed Martial Artist

Michael EvansCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2011

Ben Henderson is the former WEC lightweight champion of the world. 

He has 12 wins and only two losses on his record. He defended his lightweight title twice before losing to Anthony Pettis. Many fans may have forgotten that “Smooth” Ben Henderson is an elite mixed martial artist, but he is going to remind us on Saturday.

Many fans seem to only remember the kick off the cage that “Showtime” Pettis landed on Ben Henderson and not that their fight was a five round war. It’s not as if Pettis threw Henderson around and was able to finish the fight.

Henderson is ready to show his critics that they have sold him short.

His opponent, Mark Bocek, is a good grappler who will have the advantage of fighting in his home country of Canada.The thing is, I don’t see it mattering much.

Henderson is a much better fighter than he has gotten credit for lately. I predict that Bocek will have luck on his feet and may land a few good strikes on Ben, but it will only be a matter of time before Henderson gets him down. When that happens it will be "Goodnight Irene" for Bocek. 

I predict Henderson to win by submission and prove that he is going to be a force in the UFC lightweight division. His guillotine choke is one of the best at 155 and I would not be surprised if Bocek ends up getting choked out in Toronto in front of the largest MMA crowd in North America since the sport's inception.