Though these things are never guaranteed, it looks like former WEC lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson established himself as the next challenger to Frankie Edgar’s lightweight title by defeating Clay Guida tonight in Anaheim, California.
Henderson controlled the action from the outset, combating Guida’s relentlessness and frenetic pace with a controlled and patient attack. Aside from a few takedowns, from which Henderson rapidly recovered, and a couple of well-placed punches, Smooth kept the fight’s momentum rolling in his favor, out-working Guida in the scrambles and frequently connecting on the more significant strikes.
The Carpenter certainly didn’t make things easy for Henderson, threatening more than once with submissions and always staying in the fight by virtue of his indomitable spirit. In the end, Henderson was simply the better fighter, edging Guida in every area of the game.
In victory, Henderson improves to 15-2 and makes it 3-0 in the UFC; the former WEC lightweight champ also earned himself a shot at the UFC lightweight championship.
“Frankie Edgar, we’ve got a date, let’s do it baby!” Henderson said post-fight.
The Edgar-Henderson bout is rumored to take place at the UFC’s return to Japan in February of next year.
Guida falls to 29-12 in defeat and unfortunately may have come as close to a title shot tonight as he will in his career.