If you had a chance to read Shaun Al-Shatti's 'Pro React' piece for Saturday's UFC on FOX 10 you could gather that much of the MMA community didn't care for the judges' decision rendered in the main event. Count now one among them, Nate Diaz. As Ben Henderson scored a controversial split decision over Josh Thomson, their common opponent was left to sit and wonder where his place in the lightweight division may be as a result. It took nearly 24 hours for Diaz to comment, but boy did he. Sunday night, Diaz took to Twitter to settle the collective hash of Henderson, Thomson and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Diaz, who last won 'Knockout of the Night' honors over Gray Maynard at the TUF 18 Finale in November, is still waiting on his next opponent. Although undefeated Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov was reported to be an option, UFC president Dana White claimed Diaz wasn't interested. According to Diaz' manager, the problem was more of a contractual issue. Back in December, Pettis claimed he wanted Diaz this summer in his return bout from a torn PCL, claiming he was tired of hearing Diaz talk. Calling out Pettis has certainly worked for Diaz in the past, why stop now?
5 MUST-READ STORIES
Aftermath. Dave Doyle tries to make sense of a shifting UFC lightweight division.
Always leave it to the judges. Chuck Mindenhall asks just how the hell Ben Henderson keeps winning these questionable decisions.
Post Show. Ariel Helwani is joined by an old friend to break down UFC on FOX 10.
'Grinder.' Dana White didn't sound too impressed with Ben Henderson's win Saturday night. "When Ben Henderson has the title, or he's trying to get back to the title, that's a Ben Henderson fight. I mean, we've seen that fight a million times."
Make sure to check out tons of post-fight interviews from UFC on FOX 10, as well as a long one with Ariel and CM Punk.
UFC on FOX 10: Post Fight Presser highlights.
Highlights from Henderson vs. Thomson.
Dana White believed Henderson decision was 'way off.'
Highlights from RFA 12.
BJJ Scout tears Sara McMann's grappling a new one. Ronda's looks pretty good.
Ronda Rousey adores boxing.
Keith Jardine will chase you if you steal his mail.
Thank you so much for the support everyone. Wanted the finish but I'll take it. Cleveland was representing tonight! Insane.— Stipe Miocic (@smiocic) January 26, 2014
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Joe Riggs really didn't appreciate some comments regarding Benson Henderson.
Well I had a great time cornering my brother benson tonight. but when my friends tell me what stupid people say... http://t.co/kE3gmIgcTN— JOE RIGGS (@DIESELRIGGSMMA) January 26, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
I get a feeling that even though the fights were far from bad, the card didn't exactly go how the UFC had hoped. Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson fought to a split decision that realistically could have gone either way (though I had it scored for Thomson). But... seeing as how one judge inexplicably scored the fight 49-46 for Henderson, we're going to hear about how bad judges suck once again. I will admit that the fight was very close and I wouldn't exactly declare it a robbery... but the last thing MMA fans need is another decision to debate over the internet. Trolls are going to have a heyday with this.
Now that Thomson has lost we don't know who the #1 contender is at lightweight anymore. Maybe that is why Gilbert Melendez decided to skip out on the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight as it now seems like he is the most logical candidate to be named #1. Maybe TJ Grant will regain the position if he can come back from his concussion soon enough. Or is one victory enough following two losses for Nate Diaz to jump back in line. Personally, I hope not. Henderson has lost twice to Pettis and no one sees him gaining that position anytime soon. This could (and likely will) take some time to sort out.
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