Officially, Benson Henderson is coming off a decision loss to Donald Cerrone as he heads into UFC Fight Night 60, but many people, including “Smooth”, don’t believe that should be the case.
The former lightweight champ battled Cerrone at UFC FN 59 last month, and while the fight was extremely close, more than a few people scored it for Henderson.
Considering Cerrone is a top ranked lightweight, and that Henderson was coming off a loss to Rafael dos Anjos, one would certainly understand if the lightweight was bitter about the scoring. But, as Henderson recently told “The MMA Hour”, he’s focusing his energy on other things (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“The judges, you know, announced their decision. I don’t agree with it, but it is what it is. You can cry about it as much as you want. You can whine. You can be a crybaby, so to speak, about it. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t do anything. All the time, all the effort, all the energy you spent crying about it, whining about it, you gotta get back in the gym at some point in time. So I was able to get back into the gym on that Wednesday or Thursday after our fight. I was back in the gym the next week and I put all my energy and my focus on getting better, getter one-percent better every day.”
The 31 year-old fighter certainly won’t have to wait long until he gets a chance to get back in the win column, as Henderson has agreed to fight Brandon Thatch on February 14th, at UFC FN 60. When asked about his decision to step in for the injured Stephen Thompson, and throw down at welterweight, here is some of what Henderson had to say:
“It was a pretty good opportunity. I have been thinking about the idea, open to the idea of going to 170. It had to be the right match-up at the right time, all that sort of stuff. We thought this one was a good match-up, good timing, I’m still in shape…”
It’s a compelling match-up, as in Thatch, you have a talented finisher who has won ten straight fights. If Henderson can go in and take out the surging welterweight, it will be interesting to see if he elects to make a run at 170.
UFC FN 60 will be hosted by the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.