Henderson: This will be a knockdown, drag-out war


Benson Henderson will step into the cage on Saturday for the first in almost two years not as the UFC champion. Josh Thomson was the next in line for a title shot, but is putting his status on the line versus Henderson who expects a tough battle:

“I see this one being a war,” Henderson said. “I know he can go five rounds. He’s a true veteran of the game. You know he’s going to be prepared, going to be ready. He’s trained with so many guys in his MMA career and fought so many guys that there’s not going to be a whole lot that surprises him.

“I see this fight being a tough, knockdown, drag-out war – a battle of attrition. I need to make sure I win that battle.”

While there is limited tension between Henderson and Thomson going into the network-televised fight, the two fighters do have a bit of a history that was rehashed when the matchup was signed. A few years ago, Henderson was WEC lightweight champion, and Thomson was in Strikeforce. At the time Thomson questioned whether Henderson and the WEC’s other 155-pound fighters were deserving of the top-10 rankings they were receiving.

Little came of the situation at the time since the fighters were in different organizations, but years later, Henderson said he hasn’t forgotten those comments.

“I have a pretty good memory, and I remember when guys talk smack about me,” Henderson said. “I remember when other fighters say something derogatory about me. I don’t forget that stuff.”

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SOO72 site profile image  

1/20/14 8:04 PM by SOO72

Josh is a better striker for one.

Damaynevent site profile image  

1/20/14 4:09 PM by Damaynevent

Bendo gonna win this one. Other than experience, I don't see where Josh is better than him.

iwatchsomemma site profile image  

1/20/14 4:04 PM by iwatchsomemma

Benson via decision.Who knows? Maybe judges will be less inclined to give close rounds to him now that he's not champion.

mikehotel site profile image  

1/20/14 12:47 PM by mikehotel

War benson!

Jesus KO'd stayrad site profile image  

1/20/14 12:19 PM by Jesus KO'd stayrad

Bendo gonna get wrecked

RondaHonda'dmymangina3744 site profile image  

1/20/14 10:27 AM by RondaHonda'dmymangina3744

I feel this way about all 4!!!  I want Josh and Bendo to still be at the top but when one loses it will be a big knockback same as Moose and Machida.  If i had to pick i def want Moose, and Thomson to win.  

Affliction Blackbelt site profile image  

1/20/14 10:10 AM by Affliction Blackbelt

Sums up my thoughts for Machida vs Moose.These guys, not so much. I just wanna them throwdown.

Phil999 site profile image  

1/20/14 9:42 AM by Phil999

That makes for a better fight.

Aaron Becker site profile image  

1/20/14 9:37 AM by Aaron Becker

why can't they be fighting someone else, I don't want either to lose

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1/20/14 12:25 AM by WeidmanBrokeTheLEGend

Cant wait for this one