The UFC’s relationship with FOX has produced some solid efforts thus far but none as impressive as tonight’s ambitious offering, as UFC on FOX 5 boasted a number of bouts worth watching including three tilts on the main card worthy of co-headlining/headlining status on PPV. The show featured former champions B.J. Penn and Mauricio Rua in respective rumbles, with each taking on a top contender, while lightweight title-holder Benson Henderson put his belt on the line against well-rounded challenger Nate Diaz in the evening’s main event.
Rua and Penn both fell with Alexander Gustafsson and Rory MacDonald earning the victories. Gustafsson outpointed “Shogun” with crisp striking and solid submission-defense, battling off a few early attacks on his legs. Meanwhile, MacDonald outclassed Penn from start to finish, taking home a relatively easy Unanimous Decision win.
In headlining action, Henderson put on one of his most impressive performances to date if not #1, handling Diaz throughout the entire effort. “Bendo” took Diaz down a handful of times, landing some solid strikes, and picked him apart while standing to boot. The triumph marked Henderson’s second successful defense of the divisional strap.
Read below for a full list of UFC on FOX 5 results:
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan via Unanimous Decision
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert via submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez via Knockout Round 1 (Head Kick)
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor via Unanimous Decision
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton via Unanimous Decision
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Matt Brown def. Mike Swick via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Rory MacDonald def. B.J. Penn via Unanimous Decision
Alexander Gustafsson def. Mauricio Rua via Unanimous Decision
Benson Henderson © def. Nate Diaz via Unanimous Decision