Brian Stann Analyzes UFC on FOX 10's Benson Henderson vs Josh Thomson
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.23.2014
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In an interview with MMA Junkie, retired UFC fighter and FOX analyst Brian Stann gave his thoughts on the UFC on FOX 10 main event between Benson Henderson (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Josh Thomson (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The fight takes place Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.
On Benson Henderson: "Stylistically, I think Benson Henderson does his best when he throws those brutal kicks but then eventually closes the distance and gets in close. He's pretty devastating from inside the clinch with dirty boxing, knees, elbows and bodylock takedowns. He's a physical specimen, and we all know that from watching his title fights, where Josh really does well in space."
On Josh Thomson: "Josh has got great footwork. We saw this against Nate Diaz where he can move around. He can go right; he can go left. A lot of what he does – and he's a very smart, experienced fighter – he sets a lot of things up. He's got kicks. He's got punching combinations. He's also a very accomplished wrestler, so he mixes things up well. I think for Josh, he's got to get on his bike, be in and out. Move. Even though Ben's hard to take down, it wouldn't surprise me if Josh does land a couple of takedowns – because he's really good there – but just to keep Ben honest, to keep him thinking about it, to open up the rest of his arsenal."
On how each man can win: "Ben Henderson has to cut Josh off. He's got to wear him down with kicks, wear him down like he does with everybody. Even if you block Ben's kicks, they still hurt whatever you block them with. But eventually, get Josh up against the cage and start trying to manhandle him there and do what Ben Henderson does."