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UFC: Benson Henderson will take on Thompson Jan. 25 at UFC on FOX 10

Decatur graduate Benson Henderson will take on Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10 inside Chicago
Decatur graduate Benson Henderson will take on Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10 inside Chicago's United Center on Jan. 25. The bout will be nationally-televised.
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Decatur High School graduate Benson Henderson will fight on national television one more time. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion will take on Josh Thomson inside Chicago's United Center on Jan. 25 in the main event of UFC on FOX 10.

It will be Henderson's first fight since he lost the 155-pound belt to Anthony "Showtime" Pettis on Aug. 31. The loss ended Henderson's seven-fight win streak and his 18-month grasp on the lightweight championship.

“The stakes are really high in this fight and both of these guys want to fight for the belt," said UFC President Dana White.

Henderson is currently the No. 1-ranked lightweight in the UFC and Thomson is ranked fourth. The winner will be a step closer to a title fight with Pettis.

"For me personally, stylistically, Benson is more of a threat than Pettis was," said Thomson, who is 20-5 and the former Strikeforce champion. "Not to mention that this is the opportunity to fight someone that has been the champ for the last couple years. For me, I think Benson has the bigger name. Benson is so well rounded."

In their last fight at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Pettis caught Henderson (19-3) with an arm bar late in the first round and made the former UFC champ submit. It was the second time during their careers that Pettis has beaten Henderson. The two fought in the final event of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) in December 2010, with Pettis winning by unanimous decision to take the WEC belt from Henderson.

This will be Henderson's fourth appearance on a nationally-televised UFC on FOX event, which will be broadcast on Q13 Jan. 25. He beat Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 1, downed Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5 and beat Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7.

Henderson, 30, began his wrestling career during his time at Lakota Middle School and continued wrestling at Decatur, where he graduated in 2001. He went on to wrestle at Dana College in Nebraska and started MMA fighting a year after a dare from a couple of wrestlers.

 

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