Benson Henderson will be back with a vengeance; Malki Kawa gives his thoughts on his client’s loss
Saturday night in the main event of UFC 164 Benson Henderson was set to defend his title against Anthony Pettis. For Henderson though, it was also a chance to avenge his loss to Pettis and also get him in the UFC record book. If Henderson would have beat Pettis he would have broken the lightweight title defense record that he shares with our own BJ Penn.
The fight ended in the first round in dramatic fashion as Pettis was able to lock in an armbar and finish Henderson in the first round via verbal tapout. This was Henderson’s first loss in 8 fights and his only loss inside the UFC. Winning has been something Henderson and his manager Malki Kawa got use to which made this loss heartbreaking for them both.
Malki Kawa appeared on The MMA Hour on Monday and discussed his client’s first loss in the UFC:
“I think he handled it as best as he could. He definitely had his moment backstage. I sat there, and I watched it, and that was probably one of the things that got me because I never really felt so helpless as a manager before. I’ve always been able to do something about it. This was the one time where I kind of sat there and watched him and didn’t know what to do. Do you say ‘great job, better luck next time? Do you say, Hey, not your night? It broke my heart.”
“At the same time I watched a guy kind of say, ‘okay, this happened, it’s time to move on from this and I’m going to come back with a vengeance.’ He did this once before, and you saw what happened to (Mark) Bocek and Jim Miller, he dominated those guys. I kind of feel sorry for whomever he’s going to fight next because I know this guy is going to take it all out on whoever is next. He’s going to prove a point, and he’s going to make a run for it again.”