UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has been the subject of criticism since joining the organization’s roster not unlike fellow divisional king Georges St-Pierre based on a lack of stoppages inside the Octagon. Henderson is 7-0 inside the infamous eight-sided cage including wins over Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, and Frankie Edgar, yet all of the bouts have gone to the scorecards.
With T.J. Grant on the horizon, Henderson was asked by The MMA Hour about how important a TKO/submission is and, in a surprisingly honest assessment, “Bendo” kept his cool by making it clear his goal was simply to win fights however he could.
“I don’t think I need a finish. I think I need to have a great performance. Again, hats off to Frankie and hats off to Gilbert, but (against) both of those guys I don’t think I had my best performances. Against Nate Diaz I think I had a pretty darn good performance. I think I had like a nine out of a 10 performance or an eight out of 10. Against Frankie the first time, I think I had like a seven or eight performance. Against Frankie the second time, he did a great job of keeping me from having a great performance. He did a good job of making me not do well, that’s his job, is to keep me from looking good. I think I had like a four out of 10 in the performance. Against Gilbert, I think I had like a five or six out of 10. I didn’t have my best performance. But, hats off to Gilbert though, he made me not have a good performance. Against T.J. Grant, as long as I have like an eight or nine or 10 out of 10 performance, the rest will take care of itself. Whether it’s a knockout or submission or whatever, it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care if I have 25 decisions in a row as long as I have great performances each time.”