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The UFC is heading to Chicago this weekend for a fight card that looks set to deliver excitement from start to finish.

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson headlines the card; he will be fighting against the former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in a match that may see who next challenges Anthony Pettis for the division's belt.

Before the main card, however, there are some interesting preliminary bouts. Headlining the prelim card is Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of the UFC lightweight champion, who will be fighting Alex Caceres. Both of these men are exciting and dynamic strikers, so fans can expect a fast-paced match.

Before that, Eddie Wineland will be taking on crafty veteran Yves Jabouin at bantamweight. Wineland is coming off a loss, as he was knocked out by a spinning back kick from UFC 135lb champion Renan Barao. Jabouin shouldn't normally be a problem for Wineland, but the nasty loss may have affected the former contender's nerves in the cage.

The main card is kicked off by a featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Darren Elkins. Stephens has looked unstoppable recently with a victory against Estevan Payan and a 40-second knockout of Rony Jason.

However, Elkins is a step up in competition, so this looks to be a competitive bout.

Donald Cerrone will then fight fellow lightweight Adriano Martins. Many people are speculating that this is a warm-up fight for 'Cowboy' Cerrone, who has recently said that he has hit financial troubles.

Cerrone is looking to fight six times this year, but in order to do this he will need a convincing victory over Martins.

Heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Gabriel Gonzaga will then do battle in the co-main event. Gonzaga seems to have settled into a role as a gatekeeper, dominating the lower ranks of the division but struggling against top-ten fighters. Miocic will hope to prove himself as the latter.

Finally, the main event between Thomson and Henderson. The UFC has said that Thomson will be the next challenger for the title if he can get past his opponent.

This will be Henderson's first fight since losing the belt, and while the UFC hasn't given him a similar offer of a shot at Pettis, he will still need a good win here to stay in the title picture. It looks to be a competitive end to what will surely be an exciting card.

UFC on Fox: Henderson v Thomson takes place live on BT Sport 1 at 1am on Sunday January 26th, with a repeat broadcast on Sunday night at 10:30pm.

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