UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson used his strong wrestling and precise striking to take Nate Diaz apart Saturday night in their main event fight at UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz.
With many fighters shifting around weight classes, and Henderson constantly fielding questions about his weight and possible move, “Bendo” let it be known that he has plenty of work to do at 155 pounds.
“If they want the 155-pound belt in the next three years, they’re going to have to win it from me,” said Henderson, during the Fuel TV post-fight show. “I’m not going anywhere. If you want to win that belt, you’re not going to win it from somebody else. You’re going to have to win it from me. I’m not going anywhere, guys.”
Henderson took Diaz down several times and fended of every takedown attempt by Diaz. He also landed over 100 more significant strikes than his opponent, controlling the tempo from the on-start. The use of a thigh-jab was effective, and picked up during training partner Alex Caceres.
“I’ve got to thank Alex Caceres on that one. He came up to the MMA Lab and he did it to me and it actually hurt,” Henderson said. “I stole it from Alex and thank him very much. It was effective. I’m always trying to add new tricks, work on my fundamentals, and get better and improve.”
Henderson also cleared up talk that he fought with a toothpick in his mouth, saying, “It’s a bad habit of mine. I started doing it when I was younger, when I started wrestling in high school and college, and my coach would just look at me and shake his head. It is what it is. I know one of these days I’ll probably choke on it, but hopefully I won’t choke and die.”