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Benson Henderson: “I knew I had to win the fifth.”

UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson may not have appeared to be extremely confident in his performance while awaiting the call from Bruce Buffer Saturday night. However, once it was read that Henderson has successfully defended his title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 150, “Smooth” made sure to let everyone know he felt like the win was in the bag – well, as much in the bag as any Split Decision can be.

“I thought I was ahead, at worst it was even (going into the fifth round),” said Henderson during the post-fight press conference. “I knew I had to win the fifth.”

While proud of his performance, Henderson also knows the best way to assure future victories is to finish fights.

“You can’t leave it in the hands of the judges,” admitted Henderson. “We’ve seen some suspect judges’ decisions and you never know. Our fight was close, I just knew I had to get after it that fifth round.”

Henderson will now be paired with Nate Diaz for his second title defense. A date is unknown for the expected championship affair though it has been rumored as the potential headliner for UFC on FOX 5 in December.


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