Benson talks about proposal in the Octagon

by Chris Palmquist |

Sometimes our sport is seen from the outside as violent, or even barbaric, but at the end of the day every MMA fighter is just a regular person with emotions and a life outside the cage. It's nice to be reminded of that, such as we we're on Saturday night when UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson proposed to his girlfriend in the Octagon following his fight with Gilbert Melendez. It was just one of those moments that made everyone feel good, and despite fighting another man in the cage for 25 minutes, Henderson was as nervous as any man would be. He spoke with ESPN about the proposal and how it transpired:

Henderson, who has been fighting out of Phoenix since 2006, said he's been planning the proposal for awhile. He and Magana have been dating for about three years.

"I was thinking of ideas to make it special. I thought about doing something in public, like after a fight," he said. "Then, I realized that I would need to be concentrating on the fight, and I was on a fence. I bought the ring, and I didn't tell anybody about this. I then decided to man up and ask."

What if you hadn't won?

"I don't know. I wasn't sure I was going to ask her or not. I know you still get interviewed if you don't win when you're the defending champion. But I don't know what I would have done."

Did you hear the pro-Melendez crowd booing?

"I heard afterward about the crowd. I was so nervous just asking. I didn't hear a single boo. I just heard her say 'Yes.'"

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Anderson's BBC in my Goku site profile image  

4/22/13 10:53 PM by Anderson's BBC in my Goku

It wasn't whales vagina.

UGCTT croy_00 site profile image  

4/22/13 9:04 PM by UGCTT croy_00

All I could think was, really...really San Diego? Can you stop booing for half a second.

SgtJustinTeplitz site profile image  

4/22/13 8:38 PM by SgtJustinTeplitz

Congrats Glendale Arizona's best fighter!!!

Immaculata site profile image  

4/22/13 8:36 PM by Immaculata

What you see with this guy is exactly what you get and that's an awesome dude. Very genuine. I loved that he proposed in that fashion. It's their moment, no one else's. I wish them all the best.

Aleck911 site profile image  

4/22/13 8:32 PM by Aleck911

Why not?He's the motherfucking LW champ!!The fuck has she done?I won't even know her last name until they get married.

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4/22/13 8:31 PM by Bloody Pregnancy Fluids


Deuce77 site profile image  

4/22/13 8:23 PM by Deuce77

Doing it this way made it seem more about him than her.

kyle223 site profile image  

4/22/13 8:07 PM by kyle223

Good for him. He's been a great champion and always presents himself well. Don't know why people are giving him shit for this. It may have been a little corny, but he did what he wanted.

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4/22/13 8:04 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Their kids are going to have awesome hair

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4/22/13 7:21 PM by mixedmartialfarts

As someone that was at the event live, it was embarassing that the crowd didn't have the decency to stop booing the guy after they realized he was proposing to his lady. Cool romantic gesture on his part.