Benson Henderson: I’m not ashamed to put my faith out there

Monday, December 10, 2012 recently did a piece on Benson Henderson, and his faith, as expressed immediately following his win over Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5 Saurday night.

Before answering any questions for UFC commentator Joe Rogan during his post-fight interview inside the cage at Seattle’s KeyArena, the outspoken Christian fighter took a moment to acknowledge God by quoting the Book of Philippians.

“‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Can I get an amen?” said Henderson to the sold-out crowd of over 14,000 people.

After retaining his title in what Rogan described as “arguably the most talent-rich division in the UFC,” the outspoken Christian fighter took a moment to share the emotional weight he carried throughout the competition.

Henderson dedicated his performance to his teammates, Victor and Yaotzin Meza, whose mother is currently battling lymphoma cancer. He also fought for his business partner, Joe Ervin, whose teenage son passed away just last week in a hiking accident.

“Fighting’s cool. I love this guys, thank you guys for all of the support. Seattle, I love you, but fighting is just a small part,” Henderson told the crowd. “There’s a lot more to life, guys. There’s a lot more to life. Hug on your loved ones, cherish them. These moments we have together, they’re a lot shorter than you think.”

At the post fight press conference when asked if there was a conflict between his religion and “beating somebody in the face,” Henderson said he doesn’t see a conflict between his faith and competing in the sport of mixed martial arts.

“For me it’s more of just a daily walk. It’s what I do every day, it’s not really about putting on a show … It’s about your daily walk with the Lord, and I’m not ashamed to wear it on my sleeve,” he said. “I’m not ashamed to put it out there. Another thing: I’m an emotional fighter, I’m an emotional guy. That’s what helps me get worked up in the right mental frame to go inside the octagon and try and beat somebody up.”

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