Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson picked up his second win as a welterweight Saturday at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea, gutting out a five-round split decision over late replacement Jorge Masvidal in their UFC Fight Night main event.
Scores were 49-46, 48-47 and 47-48 for the 32-year-old Henderson, who ups his record to 23-5. Miami’s Masvidal, who moved up from the co-main event slot to fight a five-rounder against Henderson in place of his American Top Team squad mate Thiago Alves, falls to 29-10.
Masvidal pressured Henderson to start the bout, but it was the former lightweight champion doing the bulk of the scoring behind sharp counters from his fists and feet. As the bout hit the three-minute mark, Henderson landed a punch that produced a flash knockdown, but Masvidal jumped back to his feet unhurt, and he began teeing off with hard kicks to the body and head. Henderson tried to finish the round with a takedown, but Masvidal fought it off, capping off an interesting first five minutes.
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Thumbnail photo via Benson Henderson after his match with Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night at TD Garden.