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Tuesday, 03/20/2012, 10:42 am

Benson Henderson | I’m Not Cocky, My Job Is to Beat People Up

“I definitely don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. People seem to think that I’m arrogant or cocky, and I don’t want to come across like that. I’ve said it from the very beginning that I want to be the best fighter and I want to fight and beat everybody. It’s not me looking ahead and being cocky all of a sudden like, oh, I beat Frankie Edgar and now all of a sudden I’m gonna smash everybody. I was saying this from the beginning. I’m as confident as any other fighter on the UFC roster. I’m a very confident fighter and all fighters are, or they should be. I want to fight everybody on the roster at 155, I want to beat ‘em all, and I want to have a nice long reign at 155. I’ll do a Bernard Hopkins or Joe Louis. I want to make 155 my weight class and I want my name to be synonymous with it. I think that would be something special.”

“Let’s run that back, let’s do it again. In my eyes, I don’t really see myself as one of those primadonna wide receivers: ‘I want this, and this has gotta happen.’ I represent the UFC, I’m the 155-pound guy right now, and even if you don’t have the belt, it’s not about you calling some guys out. To me, that’s kinda tacky and disrespectful. It’s Sean Shelby, Joe Silva, and Dana White’s job to put somebody in front of you. Whoever they put in front of me, I will beat up. It doesn’t matter. My job is not to match myself up and call this guy or that guy out. I’m not gonna go on Twitter and make my own match. Some guys are into that and that’s the way they want to pursue their career, and they can go right ahead. My job is to beat people up.”

Much has been said recently about the UFC’s new lightweight champion, Benson Henderson.

Ever since winning the UFC’s lightweight title he has gone on a tear of a media campaign proclaiming time and time again that he wants to fight and beat everyone in route to taking out Anderson Silva’s win streak record.

Is it arrogance or confidence?

Sound off Penn Nation.


Read More: Frankie Edgar (News), Benson Henderson (News), UFC Rematches


41 Responses to “Benson Henderson | I’m Not Cocky, My Job Is to Beat People Up”

  1. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    He doesn’t sound cocky at all. Not once did he say it was his destiny to be champion.

    • Kaiyn Fallanx says:

      +1 sir!

    • Mike McMack says:

      lol…I wonder which super cocky fighter your alluding too!

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      I agree benson hendersen has never sounded cocky. this dude was destined to be champ. also he earned it old fashioned way by winning ans beating top contenders (EXCEPT GUIDA) Beating Jim Miller is no easy task for any man. Hendersen beat Frankie fair and square and this rematch should not even be happening. Frankie has single handedly FROZE up the LW class for 3 years. Why can’t he just man up and face the fact he lost “BIGTIME” For laymens who are like tunnel vison on frankies footwork an drunning away point fighting style , please take one second and lsiten to reason. Frankie didn’t land anything in this fight and was beat up. all you ahve to do is look at the stats and then watch fight, Frankie was beaten by a bigger , stronger man and as usual Frankie took a beating. Yes we all know Frankie usually always takes more of a beating than his opponent and still gets win but in this case it was hands down a unanimous decsion by judges whoa rre ALWAYS pro Frankie. Too bad for Frankie such a nice kid with too much heart to have taken so mnay beatings this early in his career that he is n seriosu danger of having to quit fighting in his early 30’s. why do you guys think Dana is begging him to drop to 145. I know frankie wants nothing to do with Aldo but before he knows it Aldo will be moving up to 155 and he will not have to fight him. Frankie has already in front of all our eyes sustained at least 6-10 concssions and most of them were abck to back to back which makes tehm much much wors taht say a boxing KO or football wher e they go sit out. No frankie is getting pounded out with no breaks and a human body can only take taht kind of abuse for so long. most of damage is hidden even though we have seen massive damage allover frankies afce after each of these fights he keeps stealing decsions by skin of his teeth. no this time he finally couldn’t get the nod. frankie was so use to getting nod in every close fight he still caN’T COMPREHEND HE lost

    • DAMN! says:


      Benson is really a humble person and his actions show that and that is why he’s champion and that is why i am a fan of his.

  2. Steriods says:

    Henderson is the man. it sounds like this may be a personal attack on Pettis, though, lol. “My job is not to match myself up and call this guy or that guy out. I’m not gonna go on Twitter and make my own match.”

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      fact Pettis lost to Guida albeit by LAY N PRAY and Hendersen beat Guida and all other contenders to earn his shot. Just because Pettis landed a one in million kick on Benson that was in past and taht fight was very close until that happen. No way Pettis desreves a shot at title with one or 2 fight winning streak. Jim miller had 6-7 or 8 wins in row still didn’t get a shot. No Pettis needs to earn his shot liek everyone else. Jim Miller vs Diaz will decide next challenger for LW title. Only other fight that makes sense is Melendez but he is screwed and stuck in minor leagues for the rest of his PRIME

      • Xaninho says:

        I think the Henderson-Pettis fight was one of the best in the 155 ever. Those two gave us 5 rounds of explosive action. Nothing like the one-sided kinda boring Edgar-Henderson fight.

        • GET RID OF FITCH says:

          excellent point xaninho but IMO Hendersen is more well rounded and could defend belt much longer than Pettis. Maynard could easily use his wrestling to beat Pettis and i think Diaz reach would give Pettis alot of trouble and Diaz jits just too good for pettis. I agre pettis prob top 6-10 maybe with right matchups but after seeing the Bump and hump Guida was able to do with him I think pettis still has a ways to go before he deserves a title shot. I do like watching him fight but no way he beats hendersn in a rematch NO WAY

        • Not defending Pettis, because he should have been able to do more against Guida. But when you watch the fight, even though he was on bottom, he didnt just lay and pray, Pettis was doing a lot more on bottom the Guida was from the top. He was moving for submissions, hitting, etc. I think its safe to say Pettis has gotten much better also and since Guida, has worked more on his ground game flaws.

  3. magoo says:

    If you don’t believe in yourself…..who will?

  4. Ruben says:

    It’s easy to distinguish arrogance from confidence when you can compare it to someone like Jones. Henderson actually seems like a very humble and motivated champ, never did i get a bad vibe from him

  5. Nick says:

    He’s all confidence. Seems very humble, but confident in himself.

  6. Namor says:

    Bens a great dude. Been following his career since WEC and he’s always been a true champion. Even in greatness he is humble & grounded. Huge Fan!

  7. &; says:

    Shoot you better think you can beat anyone in the world if you are going to climb in there with Edgar, Maynard, Petis, etc.

  8. Bla DeBla says:

    Its hard not to be cocky when you are fighting out scripted results while under an exclusive contract to a media productions companys , promotions company , against “opponents” who also happen to be exclusively signed to tha very same media productions company , promotions company .

    • Donnybrook says:

      For the sake of humanity shut your fucking wang hole cum sponge!… you know nothing!

    • Sam Eames says:

      Why exactly are you here?

      • krafty11 says:

        Bla DeBla is here because he forgot where he left his pet rock, and needs help finding his way back.

      • Bla DeBla says:

        I’m here to confuse idiots , why do you ask ?

      • GET RID OF FITCH says: needs to get rid of this SCUMBAG bla bla bla blah. Never has there been a bigger TROLL on this site. Dude you really neeed to get some help. Turn yourself into amental hospital bring a copy of your last say 50 blogs on here and TRUST me tehy will check you in FREE of charge. then they will shackle you down and give you shock treatment to try and eletricute the poison out of your mind. you remind me of on eof those ICE JUNKIES that has completely lost touch with all reality. do society a favor an d just shoot yourself

        • Bla DeBla says:

          Shut it Fitch you sub human drone , Farm Yard Animals are more difficult to herd & control than you & yer like are , the more you type the more you are begging to be exterminated for being the worthless human vermin that you are .

          Fuckin Labor Camps & Re Education the like of you needs .

          Gulag .

          You are the putrid filth of an enslaved society that has no regard for its own liberty , well being or future .

          Death cures all but you & your like must first be made an example of .

  9. Benson says:

    Actually I think Benson it´s a grat Champion, he´s confident but humble..

  10. Xaninho says:

    I think he’s just confident, but time will tell whether it’s missplaced confidence or not.

  11. A.James says:

    Ben is the man right now. He’s the only champ besides Dos Santos that I personally enjoy following.

    • Xaninho says:

      His religious crap is a bit annoying. I do like him as a fighter, but damn he needs to leave the religion out of it. He just beat a guys face to pulp and then starts chanting about jesus and the lord….Jesus was a pacifist, I dunno if he’d like what Henderson does.

      • James Troy says:

        youre in the wrong sport then. 95% of fighters thank god after a win dipshit. better get used to it quick. and who cares who he thanks. deal with it you fucking waste of life.

  12. Chartmonster says:

    And fkn smooth doing it too!

  13. Yogurt slinger says:

    He’s full of himself with all the Anderson silva bs and the fact pettis made him look like an idiot not to long ago he should be playing the humble role in my opinion

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      You call a one in millon lucky kick off fence making hendersen look bad> what about pettis on his back for 15 minute sbeing HUMPED by Guida. Pettis showed right there he is 2 -04 years from being good enough for atitle shot in UFC. Yes he can land a triangle on someone with no ground game but he will never beat maynard, Miller, Diaz, Cerrone, Hendersen, NOT EVEN GUIDA who is a gatekeeper at best. Florian even mopped teh floor with Guida. Florian would take out Pettis. No way pettis si in same league as Benson Hendersen. Bendo has improved by leaps bounds where as Pettis can’t beat a wrestler

  14. Dick Diaz says:

    never thought this guy was cocky but he does go on some tangents lol. definitely talkative for sure.

  15. Dick Diaz says:

    155 will always be synonymous with BJ PENN’s name unless Benson too has multiple defense and fights above his weight.

  16. Gioda-FOlas says:

    I don’t think he over discusses his faith. Don’t forget, Jesus said “don’t think I came to bring peace to the earth. I came to bring not peace but the sword.” But also don’t forget that mma is a sport. They are not killing each other. When I hear everyone say “how can he be a Christian and go out there and fight” I wonder of they really put much thought into their words. It’s completely plausable for a sportsman, which is what they are, to be a Christian. And @ bla, how starved for attention can you be? I bet the high point of your day is checking to see how many comments you receive on your post. I hate to burst your ego, but your comment wasn’t really very complicated at all. You are ignorant enough to think that because both fighters are in on some absurd pre sxripted fraud just because the UFC promotes its own fighters. There’s such a lack of logic in your statement that you should be sterilized.

  17. Goods-Folad says:

    James are you talking to me? I am a Christian and I am defending his right to thank jesusafter his fights. We are on the same side of this bro!

  18. Ronda shite says:

    look at the state of that picture!

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