Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
At the end of the day, being Benson Henderson might look cooler than it actually is. Yes, the UFC lightweight champion gets to wear the gold around his waist. But have you ever held a championship belt? It can get pretty heavy. As the winner of 15 of his last 16 in one of the sport’s toughest division’s, the punishment in training camp to stay on top is most certainly more than the average man can stand.
And after two decision victories over former champion Frankie Edgar, the last being a razor thin split, he’s got to deal with some fans saying he got a gift decision.
But that’s why only Benson Henderon is, well, Benson Henderson. He hasn’t earned the nickname “Smooth” for nothing. On a recent call to promote his upcoming title fight with Nate Diaz, Henderson brushed aside the Edgar criticism.
“The first one was close and everyone was hoping that the second one wouldn’t be as close; be more decisive,” he said. “Sadly the second one was even closer than the first one. It is what it is.”
Sure, he’d like a marquee, highlight worthy win against Diaz to ward off the naysayers, but Henderson is pretty clear that as long as his hand goes up, he’ll take the victory anyway it comes.
“However I can get it,” he joked. “[Diaz] slips on a banana peel, I’ll take it. If it’s a decisive victory, I’ll take it.”
One thing is for certain, the ghost of Henderson-Edgar II will not loom over the arena come fight time.
“If it’s a closer razor thing decision, even closer than the second Frankie fight, I’ll take that too. Getting a ‘W’ is not easy to come by in the UFC going against the best guy literally on the planet. I’ll take it any way I can get it.”
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