Ben Henderson Bags on ‘Slow’ Heavyweights, Expecting Fast Paced War Against Thomson
“You are going to see both of us going hard,” former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson said of his upcoming UFC on FOX 10 opponent, Josh Thomson. “I can and have gone 25 minutes and so has he. We’ve both gone all-out for five rounds at a high pace. I’m not talking about a slow 25 minutes like we sometimes see with heavyweights, where they just lean on one another.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
In just the third UFC event of 2014, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will take on Josh Thomson in what promises to be an exciting main event. As the headliners of the card, the two men will fight in a five-round fight – and if you ask Ben Henderson, the fans will be getting their money’s worth with 25 minutes of excitement.
And not just any kind of excitement, Henderson knows he (and Thomson) is capable of fighting a full five-round fight with a level of energy that surpasses the heavyweights. This, of course, comes after one of the most exciting heavyweight fights of recent years between Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 33.
“I think this is a great match-up, stylistically,” he said via UFC.com about his fight with Thomson. “You are going to see both of us going hard. I can and have gone 25 minutes and so has he. We’ve both gone all-out for five rounds at a high pace. I’m not talking about a slow 25 minutes like we sometimes see with heavyweights, where they just lean on one another; I’m talking about a non-stop, fast-paced 25-minute fight where both guys are getting after it. He’s been working his wrestling for a long, long time and I’ve been working my stand up for a long time, as well. We are both pretty good in all areas. We’re maybe not great in one specific area that outshines all others, but we are both pretty solid in all areas. Fans are going to see a true mixed martial arts fight here. A lot of times a fight will stay standing for the full 25 minutes and people say what a great fight it was. But that’s a kickboxing fight. I’m talking about an MMA fight between Josh and I. You are going to see us on the ground. We are going to be against the cage. We are going to be standing up and everywhere in between.”
While Henderson’s comments toward the heavyweights was not directed specifically at Hunt and Silva, his point still stands. Even though it was one of the more epic wars in the heavyweight division, the pace of the fight slowed significantly in the fourth and fifth rounds.
But a five-round fight is atypical in the heavyweight division. Benson Henderson, however, is used to it. Of his four successful title fights, all were full five-round fights. That’s 100 minutes of very active, exciting fighting.
And though it won’t be a title fight at UFC on FOX 10, you can expect Ben Henderson to be willing to fight Josh Thomson for another 25 exciting minutes.