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Benson Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch is the new UFC Fight Night 60 main event

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With Stephen Thompson forced with withdraw from UFC Fight Night 60, Benson Henderson (21-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) has agreed to step in and face Brandon Thatch (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in the main event.

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Benson Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch is the new UFC Fight Night 60 main event

The switch was confirmed on FOX Sports 1’s UFC 183 post-fight show.

Henderson books a quick return to action after suffering a disappointing and somewhat controversial decision loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 59. The result saw Henderson suffer back-to-back defeats for this first time in his professional career.

Although he’s a former lightweight champion, Henderson has dabbled with the idea of a move to the 170-pound division for some time. “Smooth” will now make the jump for the first time in his career.

Meanwhile, Thatch hasn’t fought since November 2013 where he scored a first-round knockout of Paulo Thiago. The victory was his 10th in a row, all by stoppage in the opening round.

UFC Fight Night 60 takes place Feb. 14 at 1STBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on the same channel and UFC Fight Pass.

With the change in the main event, the lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Benson Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch
  • Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
  • Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Neil Magny
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Patrick Walsh
  • Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee
  • Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Nik Lentz vs. opponent TBA
  • Efrain Escudero vs. Rodrigo Lima
  • Jim Alers vs. Chas Skelly
  • Tim Elliott vs. Zach Makovsky

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • James Moontasri vs. Cody Pfister

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