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Benson Henderson Named Fighter Of The Year By The UFC

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson went a perfect 3-0 in world title matches during 2012, earning himself the title of Fighter of the Year by his own promotion.

The UFC named its top-10 fighters for the calendar year, and “Bendo” topped a list that includes Jon Jones, Demetrious Johnson, Cain Velasquez and Anderson Silva – all fellow UFC champions.

Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar to win the UFC 155-pound title, and successfully defended it against both Edgar and Nate Diaz.

Henderson joins a list that includes Jones, Edgar, Georges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson as fighters of the year.


1. Benson Henderson (3-0)

2. Jon Jones (2-0)

3. Demetrious Johnson (2-0-1)

4. Matt Brown (4-0)

5. Cain Velasquez (2-0)

6. Stefan Struve (3-0)

7. Cub Swanson (3-0)

8. Mike Pyle (3-0)

9. Anderson Silva (2-0)

10. Costa Philippou (3-0)

Honorable mention: Renan Barao, Chris Weidman, Fabricio Werdum, Johny Hendricks, Francis Carmont, Chris Camozzi, Rafael Dos Anjos, Mike Pierce, Eddie Wineland, Alexander Gustafsson, Rory MacDonald, John Moraga, John Dodson, Donald Cerrone

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