Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson was almost always the bigger fight when he stepped inside the Octagon.
Tonight vs. Brandon Thatch, Henderson likely will not have that advantage, as “Smooth” competes in the welterweight division for the first time at UFC Fight Night 60.
Henderson (21-5) is replacing Stephan Thompson and carries his first losing streak into the contest with Thatch (12-1). He recently talked with “UFC Tonight” about how the weight difference might come into play.
“It feels great right now,” he said. “But it might not feel as great on fight night having Brandon Thatch pushing up on me.”
Following a loss to Donald Cerrone, Henderson was phoned by UFC brass asking if he would be willing to come right back and compete. Despite the opponent, lack of prep and weight change, he never hesitated.
“Joe Silva and Dana White hit me up and asked me to do a favor,” Henderson said. “I said sure. Some people are too concerned about this and that.
“I’m a fighter. That’s what I do. I do what I love.”
Henderson has respect for Thatch’s skills, saying he is “so explosive. He’s a finisher. He has that killer instinct,” but there is one area where the former champion feels he has the advantage.
“He doesn’t have that five-round experience,” he said. “We’ll play that to our advantage.”
FightLine will have complete coverage of the action later this evening.