“It’s definitely in the back of my head, but I’m trying to not think about it as much. When you get to a certain point in your career, and you are doing so many interviews, when you are continuously asked what you think about the color red over and over, pretty soon the color red is all you are thinking about. Then because I get asked that stuff, my mindset does kind of change. I start thinking about how I’m going to do this or that; things I never thought about before being asked those questions. I want to get back to keeping it simple because those things don’t matter. To me, it’s all inconsequential. I put my focus on the next guy up and that’s Josh Thomson and I’m gonna go beat him up bad.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Chenoy-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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