Ben Henderson faces Nate Diaz for UFC lightweight title on FOX Saturday night
ASSOCIATED PRESS December 8, 2012 4:58PM
UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, left, squares off against challenger Nate Diaz, right, at the weigh in for their mixed martial arts bout against Nate Diaz at the UFC on Fox 5 event in Seattle, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Diaz weighed in .6 lbs overweight and must lose it within 2 hours to fight for the title on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
Updated: December 8, 2012 5:01PM
SEATTLE — Since he came to the UFC, Benson Henderson knows nothing other than victory.
He’s won all five of his fights since stepping into the octagon under the UFC banner, including winning the lightweight championship over Frankie Edgar in UFC 144 and then defending the title last August with a split decision victory in the rematch.
Now comes Saturday night’s UFC on Fox where Henderson is the main event, defending his title against Nate Diaz before what should be a pro-Henderson crowd. The 29-year-old has just two losses as a professional MMA fighter and grew up in the Seattle area but has never fought in his hometown.
Not only is the fight against Diaz a chance to show off in front of family and friends, but another opportunity to solidify his place among the elite UFC fighters.