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Performance vs. perception: The Benson Henderson story

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, left, in action

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What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch have in common?

None of those three fighters have finished an opponent in three or more years.

What do Benson Henderson, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch NOT have in common?

Henderson is the only one of those fighters that MMA people don’t complain about always going the distance in fights. Interesting, isn’t it?

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How time differentiates between Gilbert Melendez and Benson Henderson

Gilbert Melendez during a photo shoot to promote

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For the past several years, Gilbert Melendez has been considered the best lightweight outside of the UFC. As Strikeforce became less and less relevant under the Zuffa banner, talk focused on possible matchups for Melendez and top lightweights in the UFC.

But since the calendar turned to 2012, the former Strikeforce champion (21-2) has fought one time -- a split decision win over Josh Thomson...

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Poll results: Henderson vs. Pettis

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: UFC fighter

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There was a time when Anthony Pettis was the next lightweight to get a shot at UFC's 155-pound title.

OK, there were three times.

And now he's finally get that title shot, only it will come in the featherweight division. Still, the latest poll results (which are less scientific than a VHS tape from 1986) indicate you want to see him fight Ben Henderson, too. Who will get the next lightweight...

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Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo?

UFC fighter Anthony Pettis attends the Fox Hispanic

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There's a certain ceremonial dance that occurs at UFC post-fight news conferences.

Members of the assembled media take the lead and ask who so and so will fight next, and  UFC president Dana White says he doesn't like to make fights right after a night of fights.

It seems like a silly song and dance, but sometimes, someone bumps into the DJ table and the song changes.

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Ratings up for UFC on Fox 5

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, left, in action

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Not only did Benson Henderson bring the fight to Nate Diaz, he brought the ratings to his company and its broadcast partner on Saturday night, as well.

Henderson's lightweight title defense headlined UFC on Fox 5, which earned a 2.8 overnight rating and a 5 share, according to the Nielsen numbers released by Fox on Sunday night. That means 3.4 million people watched the fights on Saturday...

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Ben Henderson on a champion's life, Round 2

Benson Henderson celebrates his win over Frankie Edgarin

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Leading up to his first title defense at UFC 150 in August, Ben Henderson said his schedule was the biggest change to his life since he won the title six months earler.

Nearly four months later, things have apparently slowed down quite a bit for the lightweight champion, who happens to be defending his title this Saturday against Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5 in Seattle.

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