Benson Henderson’s decision to accept a fight with rising welterweight Brandon Thatch paid off tonight at UFC Fight Night 60, as the former lightweight champ scored a fourth round, submission win in the main event.
Henderson stood and traded with Thatch throughout the fight’s opening rounds, but as the fight wore on, the latter appeared to be pushing ahead on the score cards. Henderson started looking for the takedown more often, and in round four, he took Thatch to the mat and quickly took his back. Not long after, “Smooth” forced Thatch to submit to a rear-naked-choke, which ended his 10 fight winning streak.
After the massive performance, Henderson said he’d be willing to fight top ranked welterweight Rory MacDonald next, if need be.
UFC FN 60 was hosted by the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Here are the official results.
Benson Henderson def. Brandon Thatch submission (rear-naked-choke) R4: 3:58
Max Holloway def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Neil Magny def. Kiichi Kunimoto via submission (rear-naked-choke) R3, 1:22
Daniel Kelly def. Patrick Walsh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Kevin Lee def. Michel Prazeres (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Ray Borg def. Chris Kelades via submission (kimura) R3: 2:56
Efrain Escudero def. Rodrigo De Lima via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Chas Skelly def. Jim Alers via TKO (punches) R2, 4:59
Tim Elliott vs. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
James Moontasri def. Cody Pfister (156) via submission (rear-naked-choke) R2, 1:49