Last weekend, UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson maintained his perfect record inside the Octagon by beating Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7. While his 7-0 mark is certainly impressive, the victory also represented his seventh win by way of decision. Henderson’s failure to finish an opponent under the UFC’s banner has created critics who expect dominance from the men wearing Zuffa gold.
Henderson took time this week to respond to people questioning his ability by agreeing with them…sort of. Essentially, the 29-year old knows he hasn’t reached his full potential yet but won’t be apologizing for being the division’s top dog.
“I know I’m not the best (yet, ;-D). I was never the fastest, or strongest, or most athletic, or most technical or anything like that. Go ahead and ask any of my high school or college wrestling coaches. I was never picked first in dodgeball or basketball or soccer or football games growing up but one thing I always had was the will power and determination to NEVER give up; to not be afraid to open up my heart and give all of myself to not hold anything back for the swim back to shore,” wrote Henderson on his Facebook page.
I guess I’m supposed to apologize that I’m no Anderson Silva or B.J.Penn. Who is? I’m just that kid who would never stop, the kid whose older brother’s friends used to beat in ten games of basketball (in a row) but would be pushing for the eleventh game, yeah that’s me. And just like back then I’m not going ANYWHERE. You want my belt, you’re gonna have to pry it from my cold fingers,” he continued, concluding, “No, I’m not the best but guess what, I’ve got the UFC LW belt and I’m just getting started. I’m getting better every single day…think about that, let that sink in.”
The 19-2 Henderson finished all four of the opponents he beat in WEC before joining the UFC’s roster including Shane Roller, Anthony Njokuani, Jamie Varner, and Donald Cerrone. For the record, “Bendo” has submitted eight opponents and also owns two TKOs.
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