Benson borrowed thigh punch from Bruce Leeroy

source: The Underground Blog

Retweeted by The MMA LAB  (Benson Henderson's gym)
@BruceLeeroyGlow Haha so you showed @BensonHenderson that knee/thigh punch? Brilliant stuff man!

When the Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz fight was announced, hardcore fans anticipated a battle between Nate's hands and Henderson's wrestling and kicks.

The fight quickly played out that way, before taking a strange turn. Henderson began jabbing Diaz, in the thigh, to the Stockton native's clear discomfort.

Techniques get added to the MMA repetoire when they work, and this one works. Sometimes a move become distinctively associated with an individual, like the Von Flue or Darse chokes. However, the thigh punch won't be called the Benson, as in a post fight interview with FUEL TV, the reigning UFC Lightweight champion said he got the move from Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres, who perhaps got the idea from Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites in 2009.

“I actually planned that," said Henderson. "I’ve got to thank Alex Caceres on that one. He came up to the MMA Lab and he did it to me and it actually hurt. He’s a 135-pounder, he weighs 150 pounds soaking wet, and he did it to me and it hurt me.

"I started using it and did it to my sparring partners and it hurt them. They asked me to stop because it hurt too much. It worked. I stole it from Alex and thank him very much.

"It was effective. You saw it against Nate Diaz and it was pretty effective. I’m always trying to add new tricks, work on my fundamentals, and get better and improve.”

The Bruce Leeroy punch is a little wordy, so Thigh Punch is probably will be, but Caceres should get a little glow of pride when the move is seen next, and there will be plenty of nexts.

If anyone has a better name than The Thigh Punch, post below!


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OSBtro11 site profile image  

12/11/12 1:48 AM by OSBtro11

Fair enough sir

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

12/10/12 11:03 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

"Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own."

OSBtro11 site profile image  

12/10/12 10:13 PM by OSBtro11

Stupid technique

dirt fan site profile image  

12/10/12 8:38 PM by dirt fan

I loved the punch to but aganist a tall guy who throws knees Bendo might get KO'd dipping his head toward the knee.

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12/10/12 8:37 PM by Thatsjustlikeyouropinionman

He never said he invented it

cycklops site profile image  

12/10/12 8:30 PM by cycklops

During training for my last couple fights a kid I train with (23 year old cocky dude that thinks he's Anderson Silva so he dances and does lots of crazy shit) started punching me in the the leg when against the fence etc.   I don't have texting but apparently he was lighting up everyones texts saying "told you it'd catch on"

BrCutter site profile image  

12/10/12 6:30 PM by BrCutter

Lol, yes. The fifth time was awesome.

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12/10/12 6:30 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy


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12/10/12 6:23 PM by GriffinQ

Andy Hug jacked lots of dudes up with his Hug Tornado.

John Crouch site profile image  

12/10/12 6:18 PM by John Crouch

Hey guys, we didn't claim that Alex invented it, he was just the one that brought it into our training and made it part of the vocabulary there. Happy to give credit to whoever came up with it!