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. Let’s get into the three huge questions going into the event below:
Will the UFC on FOX 10 event top the magical three million viewer mark on Saturday night?
The UFC on FOX 9 event didn’t reach the 3 million viewer mark, but a large factor in that was the extremely quick finish in the main event. The fight was over so fast that the event didn’t get the normal bump in viewership that other cards have gotten from going on the allotted time slot. This UFC on FOX 10 even has been promoted pretty well throughout the NFL playoffs, and that promotion has historically been very good to the UFC. Henderson has fought on FOX several times, as has Donald Cerrone, and this will be Josh Thomson’s second straight fight on FOX. We’ll see if any of those familiar names have an impact on things as well.
How far from another title shot is Ben Henderson with a win over Josh Thomson on Saturday?
This will be Henderson’s first fight since losing his UFC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164. It was his second loss to Pettis with the first loss taking place in the very last WEC fight ever in 2010. Josh Thomson is expected to receive a title shot against Pettis with a win over Ben Henderson. Actually, Thomson was already granted a title shot that was supposed to happen at this very event, but Pettis got injured and Ben Henderson stepped in on short notice. Henderson successfully defended his title three times prior to losing it to Pettis, and the second loss to Pettis was his first loss since his first loss to Pettis. Would you grant Henderson another crack at Pettis if he looks impressive against Josh Thomson on Saturday? TJ Grant is still suffering from concussion symptoms. Gilbert Melendez lost to Ben Henderson less than a year ago, and went life and death with Diego Sanchez in his last outing. Let me hear from you here.
Will Stipe Miocic emerge as the next title contenders with a win over veteran Gabriel Gonzaga on Saturday?
Miocic is coming off the biggest win of his young career, a unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson at UFC 161, and will be looking to put his name is the conversation of title contenders with a win over Gonazaga. Another young heavyweight by the name of Travis Browne has really emerged over the last year or so, and will be fighting later this year to receive a title shot should he defeat Fabricio Werdum. Miocic likely needs another win or two to be in that position, but an impressive showing against Gonzaga (who has won 5 of his last six) would be huge for him. Ironically, the lone loss for Gonzaga during that stretch came against Travis Browne.
There are a number of smaller storylines going into this event. Will Sergio Pettis continue his upward trajectory with a win over TUF veteran Alex Caceras? Will Donald Cerrone continue his winning ways against the relatively unknown Brazilian fighter Adriano Martins? There are a ton of lighter weight fighters on the card, will one of those fights take “Fight of the Night” honors?
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