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Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek targeted for UFC 129 in Toronto

Former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson looks to have both a date and opponent set for his UFC debut, as it is being reported “Smooth” will face widely respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Mark Bocek on April 30 at UFC 129 in Toronto. Bocek is also a Toronto native meaning Henderson will have the crowd to contend with in addition to the BJJ blackbelt’s polished ground game.

News of the match-up and attached event were reported by MMAJunkie.

Henderson is coming off a highlight-filled decision defeat to Anthony Pettis in WEC’s final show last month and will definitely have his skills put to the test by Bocek. Prior to the loss he had won ten straight fights including success against Donald Cerrone, Jamie Varner, and Shane Roller.

Comparably, the red-headed Canadian is coming off a first-round submission of Dustin Hazelett a few weeks ago at UFC 124. He is 9-3 in his career but has won four of his last five fights with all victories coming by way of tap-out and the lone exception being a decision loss to Jim Miller.

If things go according to plan, the two talented lightweights will join the line-up for one of the UFC’s more notable cards in promotional history. UFC 129 marks the company’s debut in Ontario and is expected to draw up to 40,000 people with a goal of shattering the largest audience ever gathered in North America to watch a Mixed Martial Arts event.


  • Rece Rock says:

    henderson is always exciting can’t wait to see him fight again… he needs to get a “W” and be talked about again other than being on the other side of the Showtime Kick.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a great match up, as we saw from Bochek vs Miller Mark isnt a easy win for any wrestler. But Ben has very good submission defense so I think it is pretty even, so we get a great chance to gage where Hendersons skills are inside the ufc.

  • Dufresne says:

    I really like both Bocek and Henderson and this matchup is really pretty intriguing.

    Henderson gets out of submissions that no normal human should be able to get out of without broken bones or losing consciousness. That said, Bocek has some of the best BJJ that Henderson has faced.

    Henderson has pretty solid striking, but it’s nothing legendary. But it might not have to be if Henderson can keep the fight standing.

    I give the advantage in wrestling and striking to Henderson and the advantage in BJJ to Bocek.

    Should be a great fight, but I can’t honestly remember the last time Henderson or Bocke were involved in a boring one.

  • MCM says:

    Yes, to what everyone else just said.

    I truly think Bendo is one of the top LW fighters in the game and I’m not alone in thinking it. This is a great test to see if all that faith is well deserved or misplaced.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I like this match up. lets see if ben can make the rebound that he says he can do. love watching bocek fight never boring even on the matt

  • Rich S. says:

    HUGE fight for Bocek. Unfortunately for him, Ben is unsubmittable.


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