Cesar Gracie once said “25 minutes is a long time to be in a cage with a Diaz brother,” and that’s exactly half the plan for defending UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (17-2) at UFC On FOX 5. The other half of the plan is to beat Nate Diaz (16-7), and not many lightweights have been able to do that. In fact, since dropping back down to lightweight, Diaz hasn’t lost. In preparation for the fight, Henderson is being wary of the idea that Nate Diaz likes to get under the skin of the people he fights. Henderson is saying that keeping his composure is something he has had problems with in the past, but he can’t let that happen in a fight with Diaz.
Henderson told Inside MMA:
“The biggest thing we’ve had trouble with, to be honest, is we’ve been having my teammates talking trash inside the Octagon, and have me stay calm and not be worked up. I was having a hard time with that. When someone talks trash to me, I wanna talk trash back. When they get emotional, I get emotional back to them. So, I’ve been working on staying calm, collected and still do my technique and not fall into his game. I gotta do a little more work on that, though.
“I’m supposed to stay calm and collected and implement my game plan, still. I have been having a hard time with that, but hopefully, we get that taken care of, and come fight night, I won’t allow any of that trash talking to get into my head and affect my game.”