It’s just one day before Benson Henderson will look to set a new title defense record at lightweight (the current is three), but the UFC champ continues to battle critics who don’t care for his style. While Henderson has won seven bouts in a row and has established himself as one of the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighters, “Smooth” has been blasted for not finishing fights. In fact, the man he’ll face at UFC 164, Mr. Anthony Pettis, has been critical of him in this respect.
So, at Thursday’s pre-fight presser, Henderson was once again forced to defend the approach he takes in fights, which has produced him a 19-2 record (quote via MMA Fighting.com).
“What it all boils down to is getting your hand raised. Whether you do it impressively, emphatically, whether you do it by split decision or whatever the case may be,” Henderson said.
“I’m always after beating the guy up,” Henderson continued. “I always want to beat the guy up. I don’t care about judges or decisions or this or that. I just want to go out there and beat the guy up.”
While Dana White has criticized fighters in the past for fighting conservatively, or not looking to finish opponents, he continues to defend the promotion’s lightweight champ.
“He’ll break the record for most title defenses, you know,” White said. “He’s got wins over Frankie Edgar twice, Cerrone twice, he beat [Jim] Miller, Gilbert Melendez, he’s beat everybody.”
It will be interesting to see if Henderson does defeat Pettis, and by decision, whether his detractors will back off. Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for all your UFC news and coverage.