UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has stepped into the Octagon seven times and exited with his hand raised in each effort. However, “Bendo” has yet to finish an opponent inside the infamous eight-sided cage and a handful of his decisions have been controversial in the sense some fans felt his foe deserved the nod.
Henderson took to Facebook today to address criticism concerning the lack of stoppages, admitting he still has a lot of room for improvement. However, the 19-2 Henderson explained he has never been one to remain complacent in the face of a challenge and will continue to work his tail off until the day he calls it a career.
“I know I’m not the best (yet, ;-D). I was never the fastest, or strongest, or most athletic, or most technical or anything like that. Go ahead and ask any of my high school or college wrestling coaches. I was never picked first in dodgeball or basketball or soccer or football games growing up but one thing I always had was the will power and determination to NEVER give up; to not be afraid to open up my heart and give all of myself to not hold anything back for the swim back to shore.
I guess I’m supposed to apologize that I’m no Anderson Silva or BJ Penn. Who is? I’m just that kid who would never stop, the kid whose older brother’s friends used to beat in ten games of basketball (in a row) but would be pushing for the eleventh game, yeah that’s me. And just like back then I’m not going ANYWHERE. You want my belt, you’re gonna have to pry it from my cold fingers.
No, I’m not the best but guess what, I’ve got the UFC LW belt and I’m just getting started. I’m getting better every single day…think about that, let that sink in.
A HUGE thanks to my growing family, faithful friends and real fans.
Chap. 3 is done, on to the next…”
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