Benson Henderson: “I’m getting my belt back”
Without a doubt Benson Henderson can’t be Anthony Pettis’s biggest fan. After being handed his second loss by “Showtime” and losing his title twice by the same man, it is understandable why Henderson has his sights on Pettis. However, he is going to have to jump through hurdles just like everyone else in the sport in order to make his way back into a title fight.
But Henderson’s not going to let any of that get him down. He understands what is necessary. And after his most recent loss he’s admitted that it wasn’t the most difficult thing to let go of the loss and focus on the future.
Pettis caught Henderson in a first round arm bar to win the UFC lightweight title. Something that comes as a bit of a shock to fans considering we’ve seen Henderson in much more threatening situations and “Gumby” seems to simply bend himself awkwardly out of. Not this time though.
We’re left, as fans, in a bit of a shock. Although, many expected Pettis to come out on top like he did during their meeting in the WEC, nobody expected the striking phenom that is Pettis to attempt to submit the seemingly un-submittable Henderson. But “Showtime” proved us wrong. Henderson makes no excuses about the loss, that just wouldn’t be his style, instead he owns up to his mistakes calling it a “momentary lapse.”
“I made a mistake. I hung down too low, allowed him to go for the armlock. He went for the armlock, I went for one of my favorite defenses, which is to trap my own arm, to not give him this arm. I trapped it, not allowing it to be given to him, and he did a great adjustment, turning it into a shoulder lock — trying to turn the angle.
“It was a great, technical armlock on Anthony’s part. He did a really good job of going from the armlock, switching to the shoulder — slight adjustment of his body, the angle of his squeeze going to my shoulder — and then when I protected my shoulder, he switched right away and went for the elbow.”
The always humble Henderson admits that though he has made mistakes in the past he has always been able to counter and come out on top, but Pettis simply had his ticket.
Henderson holds strong that he is the front-runner for the title. His plans are obvious, take out Josh Thomson and make his way back up to regain the title.
“I am the No. 1 contender. I am the ex-champ, I had the belt last. So yes, I am the No. 1 contender.”
Henderson, not surprisingly, has a bit of bad blood with the current champion Pettis as he is the only man to defeat Henderson under the Zuffa banner in both the WEC and the UFC, and he has high hopes that he will someday soon be able to get his revenge.
“When I get my belt back, I hope the man who has the belt still is Anthony Pettis,” Henderson says. “I’m getting my belt back. And if he’s the one I’m taking it from, fine by me.”
(all quotes via mmafighting.com)