By The Numbers: Henderson vs. Thomson

How do Saturday’s FOX headliners Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson stack up by the numbers? Read on to find out…
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Combined professional wins

Combined finishes (7 KO/TKO, 17 submissions)

Longest win streak of Henderson’s career including 5 WEC wins where “Smooth” won the WEC interim lightweight title, unified the WEC lightweight title, and successfully defended the belt once

Fight win streak for “Bendo” inside the Octagon including winning the UFC lightweight belt from Frankie Edgar and successfully defending it 3 times

Longest win streak of Thomson’s career including 7 wins in Strikeforce winning “The Punk” won the Strikeforce U.S. lightweight belt, successfully defended it once, and won the Strikeforce lightweight belt from Gilbert Melendez

Percentage of Henderson’s career losses to current UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis

Percentage of Thomson’s career losses to the last Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez

Days it took “Bendo” to make his UFC lightweight debut to becoming the UFC lightweight champion, 4 Octagon appearances

Days it took Brock Lesnar to make his UFC heavyweight debut to becoming the UFC heavyweight champion, 3 Octagon appearances

Minutes (plus 31 seconds) former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has spent fighting inside the Octagon

Consecutive wins all by decision for Henderson since transitioning to the UFC from the WEC, 2nd longest streak in UFC lightweight division history

WEC event which “Smooth” earned his last stoppage victory, it was a Submission of the Night guillotine choke over Donald Cerrone in the first round

Consecutive five-round UFC main event bout for Henderson, this will be his first non-title UFC headliner

Percentage of Henderson’s takedowns that are successful, 5th most in UFC lightweight history (min. of 5 fights and 20 attempts) behind Kurt Pellegrino, Gleison Tibau, Jamie Varner, and BJ Penn

Takedowns scored by “Bendo” in UFC/WEC, 5th all-time in the combined history of the two organizations

Takedowns scored by “The Punk” in his Strikeforce career, 3rd most in organizational history.

Significant strikes landed by Henderson in his unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX in December 2012, 5th most ever in UFC lightweight division history

Significant strikes landed by Josh Thomson in a little over 7 minutes fight time against Nate Diaz, which ended with a head kick & punches for a Knockout of the Night

Number of professional fights Nate Diaz had without being stopped by strikes before being finished by Thomson

Number of times Henderson has been finished due to strikes in his 22 fight career

Days between Thomson’s TKO of Diaz at UFC on FOX in April and his previous most recent TKO win in September 2008 in Strikeforce

Number of fights/wins “The Punk” had fighting for Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills

Number of fighters to have held Strikeforce lightweight championship, Clay Guida, Gilbert Melendez, and Thomson

Total strikes landed in Thomson’s 13 fight Strikeforce career, 4th most of any fighter.

515 to 252
Significant strikes landed by “Smooth” versus his opponents’ sig. strikes landed against him thus far in the UFC, more than 2:1

Percentage for Thomson’s striking defense rate, 5th highest in Strikeforce history

Submission attempts by Thomson in Strikeforce, most ever.

Submission attempts by Thomson against Pat Healy including the late third round (4:37) rear naked choke that won “The Punk” the fight

Number of times Thomson has been submitted in his 26 fight career

Average record of Henderson’s WEC opponents when he faced them

Average record of Henderson’s UFC opponents when he faced them

Thursday, December 10
Las Vegas, NV


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