Ben Henderson: Chael Sonnen is just an average white guy
However, Diaz’s reputation as a forward-moving, bird-flipping fighter can hardly hurt for promoting the bout, and by extension, Henderson. The 28-year-old champ sees the benefit of hype, being an avid fan of onetime middleweight title challenger and current light-heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen, who was recently named one of the top-five PPV draws in the company.
“He knows it’s a promotional game,” Henderson said of Sonnen. “He is of average speed, average athletic-wise, white guy, average-looking, and he wrestles guys. He holds guys down – that’s his game. Who wants to see that? That’s not a super-marketable (style). But as soon as he starts talking, he’s very marketable. And he knows that.”
Henderson, though, doesn’t want to play the same game. Instead, he wants to do his entertaining in the cage. A thrilling bout with Diaz will be a job well done.
“You have to be entertaining and have a few tricks up your sleeves, (to where people say), ‘Oh wow, what was that?'” Henderson said. “A few entertaining tricks, and hopefully you pull them off.”