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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 60: HENDERSON VS THATCH

                                   UFC FIGHT NIGHT 60: HENDERSON VS THATCH

This Valentine’s Day, couples will be treated to the perfect date night with UFC Fight Night 60, which will be held at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. This event will air on Fox Sports 1 with a six-fight lineup for the main card, but I will be focusing solely on the co-main event, as well as the main event.

Cole Miller of the UFC.

Cole Miller of the UFC.

In the co-main, we have a featherweight bout featuring  (11-3) taking on UFC veteran Cole Miller (21-8) in what will be Miller’s 17th fight inside the octagon. Holloway hopes to have continued success after a very impressive 2014 that saw him score four straight-finishes, three of which were ruled a TKO/KO, while the other was a guillotine choke submission over Andre Fili. Cole Miller will be a slight step up in competition for Holloway, although he has faced tougher competition in the past, he came up short in every attempt. The first of which saw Holloway face off against top-ten ranked Dustin Porier in a fight that he lost by way of first round submission. That was followed up by two decision losses, first to Dennis Bermudez and secondly to Connor McGregor. Although he lost those fights, it is possible that the big fight experience could pay off in this matchup against Miller. Cole Miller was inactive for most of 2014 with his only fight being a submission victory over Sam Sicilia back at UFC Fight Night 35 on January 15, 2014. He was scheduled to face off against Connor McGregor on July 19, 2014 but was forced out of the bout siting a thumb injury. Miller has been somewhat inconsistent in the UFC. Although he is riding a two-fight winning streak, he has never been able to string together more than two wins in a row while under the UFC banner. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s able to change that statistic this Saturday night and put together his first three- fight winning streak.

UFC fighter Brandon Thatch.

UFC fighter Brandon Thatch.

The main- event of the evening is a welterweight bout where we’ll see Brandon Thatch (11-1) taking on one of the best lightweights on the planet, Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-5). Thatch has looked very impressive in his career, having finished all 11 of his victories in the first round (7 by KO/TKO and 4 by Submission). Thatch made his UFC debut back at UFC Fight Night 27 on August 28, 2013. This was a first round victory over Justin Edwards, which won him knockout of the knight honors. He followed this up with a first round submission victory (via strikes) over UFC vet, Paulo Thiago. That fight took place at UFC Fight Night 32 on November 9, 2013 and Thatch has been out of action since.

He was scheduled to face Jordan Mein on August 23, 2014 but pulled out of the bout with an injury. After a fifteen-month layoff, Thatch has a tall task ahead of him as he faces a very motivated individual in the former WEC and UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson.

Benson Henderson of the UFC.

Benson Henderson of the UFC.

This will be a quick turnaround for Ben as he’s coming off a controversial decision loss to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, just four weeks ago. This was Henderson’s second loss in a row, the first being a knockout loss to Rafael Dos Anjos in what was considered a huge upset. That was also the first knockout loss of Ben’s career. Look for Benson to have a chip on his shoulder coming into this fight, as he was very upset after the decision loss to Cowboy Cerrone. Henderson was very confident that he had done enough to warrant the victory. Immediately afterward, a very emotional Henderson took to the mic and asked Dana to put him back into the octagon as soon as possible. This led to him filling in for an injured Stephen Thompson in this matchup against Thatch. This will be Henderson’s first fight at welterweight, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares in an unfamiliar weight class after such a quick return.

       PREDICTIONS:

       MILLER VS HOLLOWAY

I believe that Max Holloway vs Cole Miller will be a very closely contested matchup but, in the end, Miller’s BJJ will make the difference. One of Holloway’s three losses came by way of submission and I feel that Miller has what it takes to submit him.

Henderson vs. Thatch

Look for Ben Henderson to come out very strong in this contest against Thatch. This will be a huge step up in competition for Thatch and I feel that this will prove too stiff a test for him. Thatch will have a five-inch height advantage along with a four and a half-inch reach advantage. He’ll also have a huge power advantage and comes out very aggressive. Ben should have the speed advantage if moving up in weight doesn’t slow him down too much. I look for Henderson to use his speed advantage to move in and out, landing strikes, while avoiding the counters from Thatch. He’ll also use his wrestling to press Thatch up against the cage and land several knee strikes before separating. Ben will have to be very careful to avoid Thatch’s powerful and accurate punches. He’ll also need to avoid the knees from Thatch while in the clinch. If he’s able to do this, then Henderson will grind out a unanimous decision victory

WINNERS:

Cole Miller via submission

Ben Henderson via unanimous decision

 

One Comment

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    March 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm

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