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ufc fight night 60

The UFC returned to Colorado Saturday night with UFC Fight Night 60 featuring a main event between Benson Henderson and Brandon Thatch.

Henderson, making his Octagon debut at welterweight, overcame the bigger Thatch and earned a fourth round submission. “Smooth” worked his way to a rear-naked choke, ending his two-fight losing skid and putting himself back in the talk – at both lightweight and 170 pounds.

In the co-main event, Max Holloway dominated Cole Miller for the better part of three rounds, earning a decision for his eighth victory in the UFC and fifth straight. Neil Magny stopped a string of decisions on the card, igniting the Denver crowd with a third round submission of Kiichi Kunimoto.

For Magny, the win was his sixth in a row after going a perfect 5-0 in 2014.

Ray Borg started off the FOX Sports 1 main card with a slick kimura submission on Chris Kelades in the flyweight division, but drawn-out decisions won by Kevin Lee and Daniel Kelly followed.

In early prelim action, Efrain Escudero, Chas Skelly, Zach Makovsky and James Moontasri all picked up victories. Skelly (TKO) and Moontasri (submission) each earned second round finishes.

The attendance inside the 1stBank Center was announced at 5,807 with a live gate of $382,875. Earning bonuses were Henderson and Thatch (Fight of the Night), Magny (Performance of the Night) and Borg (Performance of the Night). All four picked up an additional $50,000.

Complete results can be found below:

Benson Henderson def. Brandon Thatch via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:58 of Round 4

Max Holloway def. Cole Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Neil Magny def. Kiichi Kunimoto via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:22 of Round 3

Daniel Kelly def. Patrick Walsh via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Kevin Lee def. Michel Prazeres via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Ray Borg def. Chris Kelades via submission (kimura) at 2:56 of Round 3

Efrain Escudero def. Rodrigo de Lima via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Chas Skelly def. Jim Alers via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 2

Zach Makovsky def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

James Moontasri def. Cody Pfister via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:49 of Round 2

ufc fight night 60

Check out a pair of fight replays featuring tonight’s main event competitors for UFC Fight Night 60 in the videos below.

The videos feature victories by Benson Henderson and Brandon Thatch, who meet live on FOX Sports 1 from Broomfield, Colorado.

FightLine will have complete coverage of the main card later this evening.

stefan struve

“UFC Tonight” returned on Wednesday and brought with it a heavy dose of news, including confirmation on several bouts previously reported on FightLine.

Along with the fight announcements, information on former champion Rashad Evans, a possible lightweight No. 1 contender match and Stefan Struve switching camps were all talked about.

Evans, who suffered a knee injury last year ahead of a planned meeting with Daniel Cormier, is back on the sidelines after re-injuring his knee, according to Ariel Helwani.

“Around Christmastime his knee popped and the cadaver broke. He just had another ACL surgery to repair it. He’s looking at a recovery time of six to nine months. He says he’s not going out like this. He’s on the comeback trail.”

As for that possible 155-pound title-eliminator, Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov have “agreed to fight” at the Memorial Day weekend card in late-May, but nothing has been confirmed.

Struve, who lost to Alistair Overeem in his return following a serious heart issue, is moving to the Blackzilians camp to train.

“Struve has started training with the Blackzilians. Big Nog told me he wants to fight Struve next, but they haven’t confirmed the fight.”

Jon Jones

Another challenger to Jon Jones has risen, and he is somebody the UFC light heavyweight champion is very familiar with.

Younger brother Chandler Jones is challenging “Bones” to a one-round match for charity. The Super Bowl winner of the New England Patriots recently told TMZ Sports about the challenge.

“Me and my brother used to fight all the time when we were young,” the 24-year-old said. “I’m pretty sure I can take him down now. I am way bigger than he is.”

Chandler Jones, a standout at Syracuse University before being drafted by the Patriots, is a starter on the defensive side of the ball. He stands 6-foot-5, an inch taller than Jon, and weighs 265 pounds – which is 60 more than the typical competition weight for the champion.

“It will be fun if we actually did a one-round match for charity,” Chandler said. “That would be fun. If I win, he would have to donate to the charity of my choice, and vice versa.”

While it would be hard enough to get the UFC on board with such an arrangement to one of its biggest stars, Chandler gaining clearance by the NFL and the Patriots would likely be even more difficult. New England is led by Bill Belichick, one of the more tight-lipped coaches in the league.

“I don’t know how my coach would feel about it,” he said. “I don’t think it would fly.”

A third brother, Arthur, also plays in the NFL.

ufc fight night 60

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will make a quick return to action, stepping up to the welterweight division to face Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night 60.

The main card and most of the prelims air on FOX Sports 1 from the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Along with Henderson (21-5) vs. Thatch (11-1), Max Holloway (11-3) battles Cole Miller (21-8) and Neil Magny (13-3) tries to keep the momentum going from a strong 2014 vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (18-5-2).

Check out the card below, as FightLine will have complete play-by-play coverage this weekend:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Benson Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller

Welterweight: Neil Magny vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Middleweight: Patrick Walsh vs. Daniel Kelly

Lightweight: Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades


Featherweight: Nik Lentz vs. Levan Makashvill

Lightweight: Efrain Escudero vs. Rodrigo de Lima

Featherweight: Chas Skelly vs. Jim Alers

Flyweight: Zach Makovsky vs. Tim Elliott

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Cody Pfister vs. James Moontasri

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