In an explosive back and forth war at UFC On FOX 1 Ben Henderson emerged with a unanimous decision victory over Clay Guida.
Henderson started the opening round off strongly, hurting Guida iwith a right hand in one of the opening exchanges.
Guida was as scrappy as ever though and against the cage he opted to brawl, swinging wildly back at Henderson. It cost him though as Henderson landed a well timed left hand that dropped him.
Guida has excellent recovery powers however and managed to grab a hold of a leg, get back to his feet and stall Henderson up against the cage giving him time to regain his bearings.
Henderson eventually managed to reverse the position but was unable to do much other than land a few knees and so they broke apart in the closing stages of the round only for Guida to get revenge by appearing to stun Henderson with a punch.
Round two continued to be extremely competitive. The first half was largely a battle of takedown attempts, with both having some success, but Henderson appearing to get the better of it.
The real big action of the round came later though as Guida went for a standing guillotine choke and then dropped down to try to finish it off. It looked deep but Henderson showed his excellent submission defence to escape.
Evening the score Henderson then quickly took Guida’s back and worked for a rear-naked choke in the final seconds.
The third round was again a back and forth battle that really crackled to life in the final few minutes, starting wehn Henderson ducked a head kick from Guida and swooped in for a takedown before quickly taking his back and locking in the body triangle.
Just as Henderson looked to be sealing the round in his favor Guida escaped and after a scrappy exchange on the feet managed to take him down and began looking for a guillotine choke on top.
Henderson is incredibly hard to submit however and despite Guida giving everything he had and hanging on in a series of scrambles he was unable to force the tap, and as in the dying stages Henderson escaped and rained down punches as the final bell sounded.
It was a tremendously close fight throughout, but in the end Henderson is deservedly declared the winner by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28) and will now go on to fight Frankie Edgar for the title in what should be another cracking contest.
Great fight, and one that should have been on the main FOX broadcast.