Benson Henderson fights with a toothpick in his mouth

source: The Underground Blog

 During Saturday's UFC on FOX 5 main event title fight between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz, fans were startled when during the third round, Henderson appears to calmly extract a toothpick from his mouthpiece and chew on it, no hands.

 Clip of the toothpick coming out after round 3.


 During the post fight in cage interview with Joe Rogan, Henderson was asked about the toothpick, as he was later during the post fight press conference.

“I normally do (fight with a toothpick in my mouth), yeah,” Henderson initially acknowledged. “I have it in practices, when I spar and when I fight. It’s a bad habit, but whatever... I’ve gotten away with it so far.”

Concerned perhaps of the dim view that a regulating commission would take of a fighter competing with a toothpick in his mouth, Henderson recanted.

“I was joking, I didn’t have a toothpick in my mouth during the fight,” he said. “I was being facetious.”

It turns out that Henderson does indeed have a history of fighting with a toothpick in his mouth - this gif is immediately after the Guida fight.

In an interview last year with Karyn Bryant, Henderson acknowledges training with a toothpick in his mouth, describing it as a bad habit (6:01 mark)

 The last words belong to Nate Diaz, who was asked if his opponent did indeed have a toothpick in his mouth during their 25 minutes of fighting.

“I don’t know if he did," said Diaz, who added correctly "but that’s weird."

Expect a more than cursory check of his mouthpiece by officials at his next title defense.

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DiscipleDojo site profile image  

12/10/12 4:02 PM by DiscipleDojo

What ISN'T an automatic DQ in Judo??  ;)

Bentleysuper8 site profile image  

12/10/12 1:27 PM by Bentleysuper8

Automatic disqualification in judo.

Cara Cicatriz site profile image  

12/10/12 5:36 AM by Cara Cicatriz


timmyboy1233 site profile image  

12/10/12 5:33 AM by timmyboy1233


time traveling 12er site profile image  

12/10/12 4:26 AM by time traveling 12er

Pretty interesting way to mess with his mojo. snitch him out a like ten minutes before the fight while he's warming up. Could put him out of sorts, or make him super pissed. either way you get in to his head.

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

12/10/12 3:13 AM by Ryann Von Doom


VincentKennedyMcmahon site profile image  

12/10/12 2:29 AM by VincentKennedyMcmahon

Pretty Bad IMO, what if he chokes on it or something?

ender852 site profile image  

12/10/12 1:01 AM by ender852

pretty sure that's why he doesn't worry about it, after 10-15 minutes it is soft and smooshy

DiscipleDojo site profile image  

12/9/12 11:57 PM by DiscipleDojo

Where does he keep it inside his mouth so that it doesn't move around, jab his cheek, or get lodged in his throat during the fight?? And how does it not splinter into nothing after a 5 round fight? I've never had one last longer than 10 mins or so before basically turning into a little brush. Mid-fight do they work??

Jaybrone site profile image  

12/9/12 9:55 PM by Jaybrone

I am willing to bet that the ref at the prep point for any fights he has in the future will be instructed to ensure he has no toothpick in his mouth.