TSC Interviews: UFC fighter Ben Henderson
I’m not really in the “know.” I don’t pay attention to rumors and gossip or anything like that, so when I heard about Zuffa buying Strikeforce, my reaction was like everybody else: “Wow.” For me, it just means more competition if any of the lightweights cross over, but for fans, I think it will be cool for them to see some dream fights down the road.
How has your life changed since the Pettis fight?
Besides not having a belt? (Laughs) It’s been alright. I still train just as hard, if not harder. I haven’t had too many people give me flack for that kick. I’ve said before that I won’t let that kick define me and I think anyone that’s followed my career knows that it doesn’t. I just have to continue to prove myself, so I can get that UFC gold. I want to fight the best. The UFC has the best fighters in the world.
I don’t care who I fight--Pettis, Edgar, Maynard, whoever. I want to fight the best guys in the world. Now with the Strikeforce buyout, there’s even more competition. The UFC can put anyone in front of me. It doesn’t matter who I fight. At the end of the day, the goal is still the same like it was since my career started--getting that belt.
How has The MMA Lab helped you progress as a fighter?
My guys in Glendale, Arizona have been great to me. They’re always positive. They’re always pushing me to become a better and more well-rounded martial artist. Their support is great and I’m very happy to represent them and my hometown at UFC 129.
How will UFC 129 go down for Ben Henderson?
UFC 129 is a chance to introduce myself to millions of new fans and show the UFC I belong. I’m not overlooking Bocek one bit. Hopefully when the night is over, I’ll have an impressive win and millions of people that know what I’m really all about--fighting the best and eventually getting that belt.
UFC 129 takes place in Toronto on April 30m, airing 9pm/ET, live on pay-per-view. For more information on Ben “Smooth” Henderson, visit SmoothBen.tv.