“I think this is a great matchup stylistically. You are going to see both of us going hard. I can and have gone 25 minutes and so has he. We’ve both gone all-out for five rounds at a high pace. I’m not talking about a slow 25 minutes like we sometimes see with heavyweights where they just lean on one another; I’m talking about a non-stop, fast-paced 25 minute fight where both guys are getting after it. He’s been working his wrestling for a long, long time and I’ve been working my standup for a long time as well. We are both pretty good in all areas. We’re maybe not great in one specific area that outshines all others, but we are both pretty solid in all areas.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC lightweight Benson Henderson was champion for more than a year but never put together a dominant performance despite beating the likes of Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez. Rather, his title-defenses were all closely contested with two of the three involving Split Decisions. However, scorecards didn’t come into play when he ran into Anthony Pettis in August, suffering a submission defeat before the first frame had expired. In a little more than a month “Bendo” will have an opportunity to get back on the winning track when he faces Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10. Henderson recently spoke to UFC.com about his mindset after losing in such a significant way, what he expects in his tilt with Thomson, and how close he feels he is at getting another crack at Pettis.
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