Henderson: From mopping floors to owning the gym

by Damon Martin | source: mmaweekly.com
 

Just a few weeks before Henderson makes the long journey to Japan to face Edgar at UFC 144, the former WEC champion purchased The MMA Lab to become its full-time owner, as well as one of its top teachers and fighters.

"It’s a pretty big difference from five years ago cleaning out the toilets, taking out the garbage, and going on Starbucks runs for the owner and his wife. Pretty big difference, and I’m happy for it,” Henderson joked when speaking with MMAWeekly.com.

When Henderson first moved to Arizona to work at the gym, he was already in a fortunate situation in that he was able to train full time, but not without more than a few sacrifices.

“I was pretty blessed with my situation when I came out here to Arizona. The old owner whose name was Jason Beck, he asked John Crouch, who he was friends with from back in the old school Gracie Academy days, he knew John had some fighters in Denver and he asked if he and some of his fighters would like to move to Arizona and just train and fight full time. So early on in my career I was able to move out here to Arizona and just train full time,” Henderson explained.

“I was sponsored from The Lab. I got like a couple hundred dollars a month, just barely enough to survive, but I cleaned toilets, mopped mats, do all the odd ends sort of jobs. So I was able to train full time, so I’d train in the mornings, train in the afternoons, but in between I’d clean up, I’d teach the kids’ classes, clean up at night also.”

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2/10/12 4:30 PM by FedorEmilioEstevez

Bendo is class, love this guy's positive attitude and work ethic

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2/10/12 4:23 PM by GladiatorGannon

You love to hear stories like that.

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2/10/12 12:32 PM by Andy the man

Fair play to him.Hard work always pays off.