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.
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