Following Benson Henderson’s loss to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164, the consensus seemed to be that the ex-champ likely had a ways a to go, before he’d fight “Showtime” once again. After all, the two have already fought twice, and Pettis has emerged victorious both times.
Due to Pettis injuring his knee, however, Henderson has been booked to fight Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10, who was set to challenge the new champ on December 15th. One would think that if Henderson can score a win on January 25th, then “Smooth” will be back in the title shot mix.
Well, in a recent interview for UFC.com, here’s what Henderson had to say about his upcoming fight with “The Punk”.
“Sadly, and I’m probably not the best sound bite here, but it’s the same as always and just another fight,” Henderson said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s your first fight in the UFC, your first fight on a main card, or the main event; ultimately it doesn’t matter. People ask how I’ll come back. I’ve had two losses in the past seven years and people are wondering how I’ll come back. A fight is a fight. I’m going to come into this fight prepared and show out like I always do. I’m always 100 percent prepared and 100 percent ready. I’m going to train like I always do and I’ll come in ready like always.”
How about that? While Henderson insists that it’s “just another fight”, it was interesting to read that the lightweight belt remains very much in his sites.
“It’s definitely in the back of my head, but I’m trying to not think about it as much,” Henderson said while discussing the title. “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.”
It’s a fascinating match-up not only because of what’s riding on it for both men, but because of their skill sets. It has all the makings of an outstanding scrap.
UFC on FOX 10 will be hosted by Chicago’s United Center and will also feature Gabriel Gonzaga taking on Stipe Miocic.