UFC on Fox Results: Does Ben Henderson Deserve the No. 1 Contender Spot?

Andrew BarrCorrespondent INovember 12, 2011

Ben Henderson has just defeated Clay Guida by unanimous decision in a fight that is sure to be a contender for Fight of the Year.

As usual, Guida set a furious pace in this fight and utilized his awkward style of boxing to try to frustrate and confuse Henderson.

Unfortunately for Guida, Henderson came into this fight well prepared, he was able to find openings in Guida's unusual style and he was able to stifle Guida's pace—a bit—by pinning him against the cage.

Never willing to accept defeat, Guida stuck in the fight until the very end and came close to catching Henderson multiple times with submissions. In particular, he came considerably close to finishing the fight with a guillotine choke late in the third round.

With this win, Henderson has earned himself a title fight with current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

However, the UFC's lightweight division is arguably the company's most stacked and with so many talented fighters vying for a shot at the belt, some might be wondering if Henderson really deserves a title shot after just three wins in the UFC.

Does Henderson deserve to be the No.1 contender after his win over Guida?


Those who were unfamiliar with Henderson before his entrance into the UFC should know that he is a former WEC lightweight champion and has been talked about for years as one of the best lightweights on the planet.

With three straight wins against Mark Bocek, Jim Miller and now Clay Guida, it would be difficult to argue that there is anyone in the world who deserves this shot more.

Henderson is a well-rounded fighter with great offensive and defensive wrestling, great striking, big power and solid cardio.

Also, when Henderson fights Edgar, we will finally know for sure whether the UFC or the WEC had the more talented lightweight fighters.

Henderson has looked unstoppable since entering the UFC, and there is no doubt he should be the next man to fight for the belt.


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