For mixed martial arts fans, the checkerboard pattern of Croatia is commonly associated with one man: the legendary Mirko Cro Cop. While he may be the most commonly known Croatian fighter, the small nation of just over four billion has a rich tradition in producing fighters that have reached the top level of their craft. From the storied kickboxers Stefan Leko and Branko Cikatic to former UFC fighters Igor Pokrajac and Goran Reljic, it’s easy to see the deep roots of Croatian mixed martial arts. But the man who dons the checkerboard shorts today in the octagon is not one from Croatia, rather, he hails from Cleveland, Ohio.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) heats up FOX UFC SATURDAY: HENDERSON VS. THOMSON as two of the top lightweight fighters of this era finally meet in the Octagon® live and in prime time on FOX and FOX Deportes onSaturday, January 25 (8:00 PM ET), when former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1-ranked “Smooth” Benson Henderson (19-3) battles former Strikeforce titleholder and No. 4-ranked Josh “The Punk” Thomson (20-5, 1NC).
The UFC on FOX 10 event is set to take place on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be headlined by a lightweight scrap between former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. The co-main event will feature a heavyweight clash between former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga and rising contender Stipe Miocic.
The UFC on FOX 10 event will take place on Saturday, January 25, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be headlined by the lightweight fight between former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. The co-main event will feature a heavyweight matchup between rising contender Stipe Miocic and former title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a battle of former champions looking to get back into the title hunt. Former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1 ranked contender Benson Henderson (19-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) takes on the former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight king and No. 4 Josh Thomson (20-5, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) with the winner moving closer to a date with reigning champion Anthony Pettis.
The match up between Gonzaga and Jordan is one that many people are sleeping on. Both men are on a tear, and both men have finishes in their last few bouts. When you looks at the records of these two men, 14 of Jordan’s 15 wins are finishes, and all 15 of Gonzaga’s wins are finishes. When you add in the fact that the winner of this bout will probably advance into the top 10 of the UFC Heavyweight Division, sparks are going to fly. Here’s my breakdown of the fight.