Benson Henderson Says Fight With Josh Thomson Will Be a War
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.19.2014
It's going to go the distance...
Benson Henderson spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his lightweight title loss: "The lesson I took away from the loss is I just made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes in their fights. Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre – everybody. Every fighter makes mistakes in their fights. The goal is to make those holes in your game smaller and smaller and smaller – make those mistakes happen less frequently."
On Pettis: "I made a mistake, and he capitalized on it. He did a great job. Hats off to him. That's why he has the belt right now. He was able to capitalize on a small mistake and finished the armbar. So the lesson from that fight is the same as all fights. How do I get better? How do I improve? How do I learn how to not make the next mistake?"
On his fight with Thomsom: "I see this one being a war. I know he can go five rounds. He's a true veteran of the game. You know he's going to be prepared, going to be ready. He's trained with so many guys in his MMA career and fought so many guys that there's not going to be a whole lot that surprises him. I see this fight being a tough, knockdown, drag-out war – a battle of attrition. I need to make sure I win that battle."
On Thomson saying Henderson wasn't top 10 material a few years back: "I have a pretty good memory, and I remember when guys talk smack about me. I remember when other fighters say something derogatory about me. I don't forget that stuff."
On his recent wedding: "[The wedding] didn't really take my attention away. I knew I can do a pretty good job of having my work life be work and my home life be home. I was able to keep the two separate, stay concentrated on Josh on the 25th. That's the only thing I need to do. It took a little bit of advanced planning. I had to wake up a little earlier to get training sessions in or have a little bit later workout session – make sure I get in on time, leave on time to do this or do that. But there were no distractions or anything like that."
On aiming for a title shot: "I'm the No. 1 contender, so after I beat Josh, I think I'm at No. 1 still. There's nowhere to go for me except a title shot. I'm the No. 1 contender, and after I beat the next guy, I'll stay No. 1 contender. I will have that belt around my waist again."