At UFC 129, former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson went to erase everyone's memories of his last fight against Anthony Pettis.
Mark Bocek wasn't an easy opponent, but Henderson got out with the unanimous decision victory, scoring a 30-27 from all of the judges.
This is Henderson's first UFC victory, and he thanked God after his telecast for the big victory.
In the second round, Henderson went from being in a guillotine choke to kneeing and elbowing Bocek to death. Eventually, that flurry of strikes led to a cut opening on the head of Bocek.
Then in the middle of the third, Henderson went from his guard and into the top position and pounded Bocek on the mat.
Bocek put up a hard-fought battle but ate so many knees and so many strikes overall that any chance of victory seemed bleak.
According to CompuStrike, Henderson landed a total of 39 strikes out of 64 and was zero for one on takedowns. But Henderson did a nice job of getting out of tough positions.
Bocek was able to land 16 of his 25 strike attempts and was two of three on takedown attempts. Even with the crowd behind him, his great effort just wasn't enough.
Henderson has surely made a case for himself as a top 15 lightweight in the world. Henderson owns wins over the likes of Donald Cerrone (twice in the WEC), Anthony Njoukani and Shane Roller.
Bocek was coming off of a "Submission of the Night" victory over Dustin Hazelett at UFC 124.
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