Benson Henderson Moved His Training Camp To Prepare For UFC Fight Night 42
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.03.2014
He wants to be ready...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Benson Henderson (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) revealed that he moved his training camp to Flagstaff to prepare for the high elevation of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The lightweight will compete there for UFC Fight Night 42 against Rustam Khabilov (17-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on Saturday. Here are the highlights...
On fighting in high elevation: "It does take a lot out of you. We're here in Flagstaff getting ready. We have five guys including myself from my gym fighting on this card, so we kind of moved our camp up here to Flagstaff to make sure we are ready and prepared for it. You have to make sure you're ready for elevation."
On viewing every fight as important: "For the actual fighters, the mindset, we know a fight's a fight. It doesn't matter whether it's a main event or the first time in the UFC or your first pro fight or your first amateur fight. Your first amateur fight is just as important as your first fight in the UFC – as your title fight. You have to win all your fights. My motivation to win and get my hand raised doesn't come because of this or that or other stipulations. I'm excited for all my fights because that's what I do. You have to be a competitor at a high level to understand that. It's important to win no matter whether you're in game 45 of an NBA season or the NBA finals. You've got to be ready for it."
On how important a win is: "I treat every game, every fight like it's the most important thing there is. Is Rustam a lesser-name opponent? It doesn't matter to me. I have to go out there and get my hand raised. I have to get my hand raised. Against Frankie Edgar winning the belt, I had to get my hand raised. It's just as important for me to win this fight as it was to win the title fight."