Coach Discusses Ben Henderson’s Reputation for Fighting to Decisions
“I think part of it is he’s fighting the best people in the world,” said John Crouch, longtime coach of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. “Those aren’t guys you’re going to blow out.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It’s a reputation that has persisted throughout Benson Henderson’s tenure in the UFC: he is not the type of fighter to finish fights. And this Saturday’s split-decision win over Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10 only served to amplify that reputation.
And “it’s accurate… probably.”
At least that’s what Hederson’s longtime coach, John Crouch, said of the former UFC lightweight champion.
“He’s gotten that reputation, and we have squeaked out some close fights,” Crouch told MMAJunkie.
Indeed, half of Henderson’s 20 wins have come via decision; and all of his 8 UFC wins have gone to the judges.
But Crouch sees that as a signal of the elevation of Henderson’s competition rather than any weakness on the fighter’s part.
“I think part of it is he’s fighting the best people in the world,” Crouch said. “He fought Gilbert Melendez, Frankie Edgar twice, Pettis, and now Josh Thomson, who was top-10 since before Ben started fighting. Those aren’t guys you’re going to blow out.”
And while Crouch said that he and Henderson are trying to find their way to more finishes, they are not going to change the fighter’s style.
“For us, you can’t do that. If you start worrying that you need to change your style, it’s no good. You end up like some of these guys who go in there like zombies, just throwing punches, and they win one ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus on their way to a four-fight losing streak and then they’re done. Our goal is to be as good as we can be.”