Ben Henderson: First, I gotta get my hands on him


Ben Henderson recently appeared by phone from Japan on HDNet's Inside MMA, and discussed how he plans to beat UFC Lightweight Frankie Edgar in their title fight on Saturday.

"We have some new tricks that we might unveil for the fight, as far as holding him on the ground. But holding him there is not our biggest concern; it's getting him there. He's fast. He's light on his feet. He has a lot of movement. He moves around very well. So, first thing's first and that's getting our hands on him, cutting off the ring, cornering him to get our hands on him. And then after that, if he pops back up, let him pop back up. If we took him down once, we can take him down again. It's just a matter of cornering him, cutting off the ring and getting our hands on him."

"I think it's gonna be a fun affair. I think it's gonna be action packed. You're gonna have a little bit of 'true MMA,' with work on the feet and on the ground. It'll be a little bit of everywhere. You'll see a little bit of everything. The only thing I'm really too concerned about is losing a round by a couple points here, losing a round by a couple points there and ultimately going to a decision. That's the only thing I really am concerned about. But, you know. It is what it is. We'll see how it plays out."

"I think it'll be two very good wrestlers going in there and, because we are two very good wrestlers, it will end up being a stand up fight for the majority of the fight. If that's the case, I'm ready to do that for 25 minutes and say, 'Let's have a kickboxing match for 25 minutes.' I'm okay with that."

"It's pretty cool to be here in Japan and to be fighting in Japan and all that. Logistically, getting used to the time difference and all that fun stuff -- it is what it is. You gotta deal with it and do the bets you can and you hopefully have your best performance, come fight night."

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Jared Vergara site profile image  

2/22/12 12:40 PM by Jared Vergara

I'm thinking Bendo is right we gotta do the bets and hope we are good gamblers come fight night.

Anarkis site profile image  

2/22/12 12:17 PM by Anarkis

And that is why he won't win.

Ocean6 site profile image  

2/22/12 12:16 PM by Ocean6

My thought exactly. This is the WRONG approach to take with Francesco.Want Bendo to win, but my $ has been placed on Frank.

Jaybrone site profile image  

2/22/12 5:27 AM by Jaybrone

 Is it wrong or racist that I was totally expecting that kid to be asian when we finally saw his face? Anyway Bendo has the right mindset he is a smart well rounded fighter and I am pulling for him.

MMApostle site profile image  

2/22/12 4:32 AM by MMApostle

Love Bendo, not really a fan of Frankie. Going to be an amazing fight. Would love a Bendo Pettis rematch after too.

Calebcb site profile image  

2/22/12 4:19 AM by Calebcb

Sounds like he's got a good, realistic gameplan.

BooZe site profile image  

2/21/12 4:58 PM by BooZe

Lmao that was awesome

Fat Guys Food site profile image  

2/21/12 4:54 PM by Fat Guys Food

 He completely won me over in the Maynard fights but in the 1st BJ fight he did some horrific dance & air punch thing that was disgusting to watch.

Fat Guys Food site profile image  

2/21/12 4:52 PM by Fat Guys Food

 Frankie's camp, secret footage

Stu Cazzo site profile image  

2/21/12 4:49 PM by Stu Cazzo

Who has Frankie ever run away from? Even when he's rocked he's trying to trade. I don't remember him not taking the fight to anybody -