Ben Henderson vs. Josh Thomson headlines UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago

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Former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will return to action early next year against Josh Thomson in a five round main event.

UFC on Fox 10 will not have a title fight in the main event, but it will feature the former UFC lightweight champion. Dana White confirmed last night that Ben Henderson will fight ex-Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson in the UFC on Fox 10 headliner on January 25th in Chicago.

Henderson (19-3) claimed the UFC lightweight belt in Japan in February 2012 with a close decision win over Frankie Edgar. Following three successful defenses (albeit with debatable scoring in the Edgar rematch and Gilbert Melendez fights), Henderson fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in a rematch of their WEC classic, which saw Pettis close out the promotion by winning a thrilling unanimous decision. Pettis caught Henderson in an armbar late in the 1st round of the rematch and forced Bendo to submit, marking just the 2nd time Henderson has tapped out in his MMA career.

Thomson (20-5, 1 NC) left Strikeforce on the heels of a controversial loss to Gilbert Melendez in their rubber match, but the Californian made his UFC return a memorable one by knocking out Nate Diaz with a head kick and punches in the 2nd round of their UFC on Fox 7 encounter. Thomson was due to fight Anthony Pettis next month, but Pettis' long-term injury means that he'll have to take a non-title bout next up, but it will still be a five rounder.

This will be the 5th straight UFC on Fox card headlined by either Henderson or Demetrious Johnson. I understand that Pettis/Thomson was due to be the original main event for Fox 9, but you have to wonder how much longer lightweight and flyweights will main event these shows. Nonetheless, Henderson/Thomson should be a great one, and a win by Thomson would certainly give him a strong case to keep his title shot ahead of the likes of T.J. Grant and Gilbert Melendez.

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