Benson Henderson uses thigh punch effectively against Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5


During the second round of the main event at UFC on FOX 5, I turned to the person sitting next to me and said, “Did Henderson just punch Diaz in the thigh?” The answer is yes.

Benson Henderson used the thigh punch very effectively in his unanimous decision victory over Nate Diaz last Saturday night. In his post-fight interview with FUEL TV, Henderson spoke about the tactic and who he picked it up from.

“I actually planned that. I’ve got to thank Alex Caceres on that one — he came up to the MMA Lab and he did it to me and it actually hurt. He’s a 135-pounder, he weighs 150 pounds soaking wet, and he did it to me and it hurt me. I started using it and did it to my sparring partners and it hurt them. They asked me to stop because it hurt too much. It worked; I stole it from Alex and thank him very much. It was effective. You saw it against Nate Diaz and it was pretty effective. I’m always trying to add new tricks, work on my fundamentals, and get better and improve.”

The thigh punch seems to be a very under-utilized move in MMA, however if it worked for Bendo, we could see it popping up in other fighters’ game-plans.

This was Henderson’s second title defense after he won the UFC Lightweight Championship back in February against Frankie Edgar.

(Photo by Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

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Jeremy Brand started up this lovechild called back in 2009. It began as a hobby project and has turned into much more. In his spare time, you can find Jeremy on the mats, as he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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  • Scott Wright says:

    I am a believer in Henderson I could do without the giant tattoos but hey I dont want to date him,Whoever he trains with needs the hat tipped to them as well,I havent seen someone methodically whip someone elses ass that was as good as Diaz in a long time and Henderson looked like he could do anything he wanted to and with great success,The topper was when he gave his respects to the man upstairs,Outstanding and a complete winner,No wonder he is 6 years unbeaten,Great Karma!

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