UFC 129 Results Recap: Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek

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Former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson defeats Mark Bocek by unanimous decision at UFC 129.

What was the high spot of this fight?

It's hard to pick a single "defining moment" of the fight but late in the second round saw Henderson display his trademark choke defense before doing big damage to Bocek with a flurry of strikes. In that flurry he cut open the scalp of Bocek.

Where do these guys go from here?

Henderson is going to be a tough fight for anyone on the UFC roster with his well-rounded game, but his striking is improving very rapidly. Rather than rushing him into the title picture like the UFC seems to want to do with Anthony Pettis, I'd say let him get some more wins and build up his profile. I think he'd work over Mac Danzig and I would have liked that fight as a "profile builder" but Danzig is being fed to Donald Cerrone. Henderson vs. Jim Miller would be awesome, but probably go against my "don't rush him" statement.

Bocek is still very good and a fine fit for the UFC lightweight roster. I'm not sure where you go with him exactly but the UFC style is to match up guys coming off losses and the only lightweight coming off a loss that I can think of off the top of my head is Kamal Shalorus (thanks to talking about Jim Miller a moment ago).

Watch it now, later, or never?

It's entertaining but not "must see." Watch it later.

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More UFC 129 Results and Analysis from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

 

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