Ben Henderson’s run inside the Bellator MMA cage since jumping ship from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses; losing three of his four fights including last night’s (Sat., Sept. 23, 2017) bout against Patricky Freire at Bellator 183.
Despite his skid, “Smooth” isn’t thinking about anything else other than to keep fighting, as retirement is the furthest thing from his mind. When the time comes to hang them up, Ben says he will know.
“When you get to a point where you’re losing and it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t sting and you’re like, ‘Oh, I lost another one; oh, well’ (then you should retire),” Henderson said during the post-fight conference via MMA Junkie.
“This burns my soul. This does not feel good. It is burning inside. You have to learn who to deal with it. Learn how to accept it, take it like a man, and get better from it. In no way, shape or form, am I not highly upset. But I know if I tear a TV off the wall and smash it, it doesn’t do anything. It’s just all theatrics. I know on Monday I need to get back in the gym and work on getting better so I don’t have close decisions, period.”
Failing to win any titles in two separate divisions in his two chances inside the Bellator cage, Henderson now goes back to the drawing board and will take anyone the promotion gives him next.
“For me, it’s always get back in there right away,” Henderson said. “I’m pretty healthy. No black eyes or not beat up or too sore or nothing like that. I’d like to get back in there right away, but who knows what Bellator is going to say, match-wise, who I’m going to match up with next. That’s a whole spaghetti and pile of noodles I don’t want to worry about.”
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