The third meeting between Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone, on paper, is a much better main event for next weekend's UFC Fight Night 59 event on FOX Sports 1 than Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver, who currently headline the show in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Far from being a mismatch of talent, there's also a lot of history between these two men. McGregor might have growing star power but it seems criminal not to make the trilogy match of "Smooth" vs. "Cowboy" a 25-minute fight. Their first meeting at WEC 43 was such a great fight, many hailed it as fight of the year and one of the greatest fights in WEC history, which Benson won via unanimous decision.
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Their second match up ended rather quickly when Benson sunk in a very deep guillotine and secured a submission win over Donald. That was "submission of the night" and in a lot of people's opinion submission of the year. Bendo and "Cowboy" have a great chance to be one of those well remembered trilogies in MMA if they put on another great fight like they did in their first meeting.
Cerrone is coming off a huge win over rising star Myles Jury and is riding a six-fight winning streak, whereas Henderson has recently dropped the ball twice in two huge match ups, once against Anthony Pettis for the lightweight strap and once in a controversial knockout loss to Rafael Dos Anjos.
The history here fuels this fight even more, as this time Bendo is on the decline and "Cowboy" is on the rise. I think with their huge fanbases and storied past, this fight makes a lot more sense for the main event than the prematurely gassed-up hype train that is Conor McGregor.
No disrespect to McGregor, but he's fighting the No. 10 guy for a title shot in a division where other men have beaten better competition and were strung along without receiving title shots they "deserved." Conor has great star power but I don't think there's as much interest in his next fight among the MMA community as there is in a third go-round between Henderson and Cerrone.