It looks like headliner Josh Thomson wasn't the only one to suffer a hand injury Saturday night. "Napao" posted a video showing extreme swelling on his right hand.I'm not sure a broken hand cost Gonzaga the fight. But there's a very good argument that a Josh Thompson with ten fully-functioning digits takes the decision over Ben "Smooth" Henderson.
RINGS-era rules, I can't imagine a practical way of giving grapplers the same kind of advantage that padded gloves give strikers.
And that's why every time someone breaks his/her hand or thumb in a mixed martial arts contest, I'm reminded not just how impractical striking can be as the basis for a martial art, but also how problematic the habit of punching can be in martial sports, as well.