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Ben Henderson to Fight on Late Notice

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Benson Henderson has agreed to move up to Welterweight and replace injured Stephen Thompson. With only 14 days notice Henderson will face off against Brandon Thatch in the UFC Fight Night 60 headline event. Henderson (21-5) is looking to end his career’s first two-fight losing streak after a unanimous decision loss to Donald Cerrone on Jan. 18 in Boston, and a first round knockout by Rafael dos Anjos last August in Tulsa, OK. This fight will take place in Broomfield, Colorado, the home state of Brandon Thatch, on February 14, 2015.

Thompson withdrew from the main event due to an unfortunate rib injury suffered while training for the bout. This wasn’t the first stroke of bad luck the UFC has had with Fight Night 60. The original headline fight was to be between Tarec Saffiedine and Matt Brown but was later canceled after Saffiedine suffered a groin injury during training.  While Saffiedene was required to pull out of the event Matt Brown was given the opportunity to take on Johny Hendricks at UFC 185 this March.

Thatch (11-1) is looking to extend a 10-fight winning streak after taking a considerable amount of time off from the sport. This will be his first fight after the amazing first round knockout of Paulo Thiago back in November 2013.

Benson Henderson, although experienced, will have his hands full moving up a weight class and preparing for a skilled fighter like Thatch. With relatively little notice he must prove whether he can pull off a win and if he does, it should put him back on track towards another title fight.

Despite the headline shuffle, UFC Fight Night 60’s Main Card will be packed with action including a bout between Max Holloway and Cole Miller, Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto, Dan Kelly vs. Patrick Walsh, Michael Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee, and Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades.

Be sure to tune in to Fox Sports 1 next Saturday, February 14 to watch the fights and remember to check back on SciFighting.com for the latest updates.