UFC 129 Fight Card Preview: Mark Bocek Vs Ben Henderson

Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson

To me, this is actually one of the more intriguing fights on the card. We have the UFC debut of one of the WEC's biggest stars in Ben Henderson and one of the UFC's great, unsung veterans in Mark Bocek. The UFC certainly didn't roll out the welcome mat for Henderson.

Somewhat similar to St. Pierre and Shields, Henderson is facing a double whammy of fighting an opponent who is both extremely tough and largely unknown. While most fans might be expecting Henderson to just pick up the pieces after losing his title in the WEC's final show, Bocek has all the tools to spoil the night and take this.

Bocek is the better pure grappler, but I like Henderson's lankiness if he can keep this fight off his back. Henderson's title fight with Anthony Pettis revealed some holes in his BJJ, both offensively and defensively. If he can avoid being submitted, I see Henderson doing a bit more to win this fight. I like what I've seen in the WEC against some solid competition like Donald Cerrone and Jamie Varner.

My pick: Henderson

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