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Benson Henderson Defends Title, Proposes To Girlfriend

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson capped off his third successful title defense by proposing to his girlfriend. Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez via split decision at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez Saturday night.

Henderson (19-2) defeated Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz last year, and earned his second consecutive win over a member of the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu team by edging Melendez (21-3).

“This was a tough fight,” Henderson said. “We all know how tough Gilbert Melendez is. The entire Skrap Pack is tough and they bring it every single time.”

Henderson out-landed Melendez, though the decision was well in question as it was announced. The champion even looked a bit worried when he heard a 48-47 for the challenger as the first score read.

Before embarking on the usual post-fight interview, Henderson asked for a box and dropped to one knee, proposing to his girlfriend. She said yes, and he added “there are a lot bigger things than fighting. This was one of those things I had to take care of to make sure she’s in my life.”