UFC on Fox 10 was a memorable event for several reasons, and featured all that we love and hate about the sport – the former being exciting finishes and fast-paced action, the latter being controversial decisions and heavyweight three-rounders. It is a shame that the relatively entertaining main event will be memorable for all the wrong reasons, but the Cruickshank and Cerrone’s knockouts, Pettis-Caceres bout and Stephens emerging as a featherweight contender makes the event well worth another watch.
In the main event, former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson won a split decision over former Strikeforce 155 champion Josh Thomson. Many media members and fans scored the bout in Thomson’s favour, some even arguing that he won four of the five rounds, but two of the three judges gave a different verdict. Sal D’Amato, in particular, is one judge who has been criticised heavily in the past and hasn’t helped his reputation with this decision, giving Henderson four rounds in the main event encounter. The main turning point in the fight came at the start of the third round, where Thomson clearly broke his right hand which effected his performance. He stayed competitive and arguably won the fourth and fifth, but was unfortunate in not getting the nod.
Elsewhere, in the co main event Stipe Miocic bested Gabriel Gonzaga in a less memorable fight that went the distance, with Miocic winning all three rounds in the eyes of one of the judges, moving himself further up the ladder in the heavyweight division. Like the main, the loser suffered a broken hand that hampered his overall performance. Donald Cerrone scored a highlight reel knockout over Adriano Martins, Jeremy Stephens moved himself into title contention with a decision win over Darren Elkins, and the preliminary card saw wins for Alex Caceres, Chico Camus and Eddie Wineland amongst others.