The UFC descended on Seattle for their fifth foray on the Fox network. The four-fight main card did not disappoint, with UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson dominating Nate Diaz in the main event to retain the belt. In the evening’s co-main event, Alexander Gustaffson edged Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a three round fight. In other action, welterweights Rory MacDonald and Matt Brown picked up impressive wins in their respective bouts with B.J. Penn and Mike Swick.
Henderson Retains Title Against Diaz
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson controlled the fight with Nate Diaz from start to finish to retain the UFC title. Diaz remained defiant throughout the bout, with the video feed being interrupted several times due to Diaz giving the champ the middle finger, but he could not translate that into offense. Henderson was well-prepared in all facets of the game, avoiding Diaz’s submission attacks and controlling the clinch.
Henderson has now won six straight (all in the UFC) after losing to Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.
Gustaffson Supplants Rua
Alexander Gustaffson seemed to grow stronger as the fight wore on in his bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The Swede showed a strong overall game and survived some early trouble with Rua launching some nice leglock attacks early on. Rua would still struggle to judge the distance with Gustaffson, launching into big power strikes that were off the mark by a little bit each time. Gustaffson has now won six straight since losing to, now-teammate, Phil Davis. The Swede will likely challenge for the 205lbs. crown some time in 2012.
MacDonald Embarrasses Penn, Calls out Condit
Rory MacDonald was clearly the best fighter in cage tonight against B.J. Penn. Penn had some flashes of his old self, but was never able to solve MacDonald’s range and variety of strikes. After the first round, the bout got a bit hard to watch as MacDonald began to taunt the former champion in between doing whatever he wanted with Penn. After winning the bout, Rory called out the only man to defeat him in Carlos Condit.
Brown Levels Swick
Matt Brown looked the best he ever has tonight against Mike Swick, combining a submission assault with wicked striking to defeat the AKA product. Brown would threaten with several submission attempts in the first round that Swick gamely worked out of. In the second round, Brown landed a massive two-punch combination that floored Swick in an awkward manner. Brown has now won four straight.
Main Card Results
- UFC Lightweight Title Fight: Benson Henderson (c) def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-45, 50-45)
- Alexander Gustaffson def. Maurico “Shogun” Rua via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-26)
- Rory MacDonald def. B.J. Penn via unanimous decision (30-26,30-26,30-27)
- Matt Brown def. Mike Swick via KO (punch) at 2:31 of Round 2
- Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens by knockout at 1:55 of Round 1
- Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez via KO (Head Kick) at 2:57 of Round 2
- Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur via TKO (Knees) at 3:56 of Round 2
- Dennis Siver def Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-26)
- Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of Round 1