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Benson Henderson fights his fight, grinds out split decision win

UFC President Dana White doesn't think Benson Henderson will get title shot after controversial win.
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Benson Henderson is pretty well known for his controversial decision wins, and on Saturday night, it happened again.

Fighting in the main event at UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago, Henderson defeated Josh Thomson via split decision. However, many critics and fans thought that the decision should have gone the other way.

One of them was UFC President Dana White.

“If you had Henderson winning the fight, it wasn’t by that wide of a margin,” White told Las Vegas’ KVVU FOX 5 Las Vegas, MMA Junkie reported. “The fight was a lot closer. I don’t think either guy really went after it and tried to pull out the win."

Two of the judges gave Henderson scores of 48-47 and 49-46, while one judge gave his opponent, Thomson, a score of 48-47, The Canadian Press reported.

"I think I definitely did enough to deserve to get my hand raised," Henderson told The Canadian Press. "I like Ws. I like getting my hand raised, any way I can get it, by the skin of my teeth, by any means."

However, with the former lightweight champ's history of controversial decisions and "typical" grindy fights, the UFC president doesn't think Henderson will receive a title shot anytime soon.

“Ben Henderson lost twice to Pettis, the champion, and he got destroyed last fight,” White said. “He didn’t do anything that’s going to have anybody screaming, ‘Oh, I want to see him get another shot at Pettis.’”

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