Benson Henderson: There is a blue print to beat Nate Diaz


"Every time a fighter does what they're supposed to do, and improves and gets better every fight, I wouldn't say the blueprint goes out the window, but it can be harder to execute the blueprint," Henderson steadily explains. "Guys leave holes open in their game. Those holes get smaller if you do what you're supposed to do and get better from fight to fight. Nate Diaz has shown a big improvement from his early years in the UFC and he's made those holes a lot smaller, but I think the blueprint is definitely still out there on how to beat Nate. It's not just, ‘Oh, we think you've got to do this. We think you've got to do this.' No, if you want to beat him, you've got to do A, B, C, and D. And then you beat him. Period. You're done."

Of course, the most notorious aspect of that blueprint is also the biggest boon to the Diaz brothers' mystique. The insults, the wild in-fight taunting and flipping of the bird across the cage; while some see it as unprofessional, it's hard to argue with its effectiveness. Just ask Cerrone, who admits Diaz buried deep into his head before the two could ever even lace up their gloves. "I am mentally preparing myself to deal with that," Henderson concedes. "Nate and Nick, the whole scrap pack team, they do a good job of getting inside other fighters' heads, whether it's their body language, whether it's their words or whatever the case may be.

"It works well for them. I'm definitely preparing myself mentally to face that, and when I do face that, act accordingly. I don't intend on it affecting me. I don't intend on going out there and being all mad, all of a sudden getting emotional."

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FormrChamp site profile image  

10/20/12 2:07 PM by FormrChamp

Bendo clowns

catgobling site profile image  

10/20/12 11:34 AM by catgobling

since the belt is at stake and he is fighting a Diaz, there is 99.9% chance Bendo fights for points and totally lets everyone down.

AnersonSilvaJr site profile image  

10/20/12 10:52 AM by AnersonSilvaJr

nate will be wearing gold that night

Ironclad site profile image  

10/20/12 10:49 AM by Ironclad

Exactly. The blueprint to beating Diaz sure as hell isn't standing with him. I hope Diaz is polishing up those submissions off his back because it's no secret Bendo is difficult to submit. At least Diaz will have 5 rounds to try and catch him in something.

OctoRhino1 site profile image  

10/20/12 4:39 AM by OctoRhino1

The game plan is to grind him out like a pinata. WOOT WOOT!!!!

SickEyeDiaz site profile image  

10/20/12 3:21 AM by SickEyeDiaz


MMALOGIC site profile image  

10/20/12 3:03 AM by MMALOGIC

Nate looks like a completely different fighter from when he was being wrestle fucked by guys like Joe Stevenson.

NastyNate420 site profile image  

10/20/12 1:51 AM by NastyNate420

Nate Diaz because he trains smoke weed and kill shit style

stonepony site profile image  

10/20/12 1:44 AM by stonepony

Easy win for Benson. The crybabies will cry regardless. Pitter-pat jabs, Diaz style points-fighting, won't stop Ben. Ben is too strong and too agile. His kick-boxing is too good, his wrestling is too good, he's got to really screw up and get subbed to lose this fight.

Kings21 site profile image  

10/19/12 11:33 PM by Kings21

lol. UTC. Every error equals a free shot to the chin.