Here’s an interesting fact from last Saturday night you probably didn’t know about. While everyone on the internet was arguing about who won the Cerrone-Henderson fight, the official winner, Ben Henderson, was busy checking out which San Antonio hospital had the best emergency room.
If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard from Benson Henderson in the aftermath of WEC 43, it’s because “Smooth” was immediately rushed to a local San Antonio hospital after the event.
According to Henderson’s agent, Jason Genet, late in the fifth round, Donald Cerrone’s heal caught Henderson in the left eye and badly injured it. That’s why his eye was very swollen in the post-fight interview with Versus’ Todd Harris.
Genet said that when Henderson reached the locker room, he collapsed and stopped sweating. He was then rushed to the hospital and needed four IVs to get rehydrated. Henderson was eventually moved to three different emergency rooms, and it was finally decided that he needed to see an eye specialist because it was feared that he might have a detached retina.
The good news is Henderson’s retina wasn’t detached and won’t need surgery, but he still can’t see so he will need to see an eye specialist. This rules out December for the title unification bout with Jamie Varner that Varner was hoping for. He’ll have to wait until early next to take on Henderson after his eye is healed.
Speaking of the Cerrone-Henderson fight, for what it’s worth, FightMetric’s statistical analysis scored the fight a draw, so if you go by the numbers, everyone’s wrong.
One last thing, Mike Chiappetta penned a good piece on Mackens Semerzier’s potential upset of the year victory over Wagnney Fabiano (Joe Warren’s win over Kid Yamamoto is bigger in my opinion). Semerzier, the relatively unknown purple belt in BJJ, beat Fabiano at his game by submitting him with a triangle choke in the first round. Reminds me of Kevin Burns’ submission win over Roan Carneiro at UFC 85 except Carneiro wasn’t top-five in his division like Fabiano is (or was).
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