One couldn’t really fault Benson Henderson if he made the rounds to complain about the decision loss he was handed last month, but the lightweight has decided its more productive to just move on.
Henderson was handed a unanimous decision loss following his UFC Fight Night 59 bout with Donald Cerrone, and while the bout was extremely competitive, a lot of outlets didn’t score the bout for the latter. Considering Cerrone is ranked #3 in the UFC’s 155 division, and that Henderson was coming off a defeat to Rafael dos Anjos, a win would have meant a lot for the former champ.
Well, Henderson certainly didn’t scream and yell following the defeat, and while appearing on “The MMA Hour” recently, he explained why (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“The judges, you know, announced their decision. I don’t agree with it, but it is what it is. You can cry about it as much as you want. You can whine. You can be a crybaby, so to speak, about it. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t do anything. All the time, all the effort, all the energy you spent crying about it, whining about it, you gotta get back in the gym at some point in time. So I was able to get back into the gym on that Wednesday or Thursday after our fight. I was back in the gym the next week and I put all my energy and my focus on getting better, getter one-percent better every day.”
That’s a solid approach, and it’s clearly one that Henderson has used for his benefit over the years. Up next, Henderson will take on surging welterweight Brandon Thatch, as “Smooth” agreed to step in for the injured Stephen Thompson at UFC FN 60.
Henderson has expressed an interest in moving to 170 in the past, and in the aforementioned interview he relayed this opportunity materialized at the right time. Henderson’s in shape, and he also added that they like the match-up. If Henderson wins, it will be interesting to see if he stays at 170 or returns to 155.
UFC FN 60 will take place on February 14th at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.