Benson Henderson did the UFC a solid earlier this year by agreeing to fight Brandon Thatch on short notice, and apparently “Smooth” was ready to do the same last week.
Yes, not long after Henderson was decisioned by Donald Cerrone on January 18th, the former lightweight champ agree to step up and face Thatch on February 14th. Henderson went on to submit the welterweight in the fourth round.
Well, Henderson has decided to remain at 170, and is scheduled to fight Thiago Alves on November 28th. But, when he found out Johny Hendricks had to withdraw from UFC 192 due to weight cutting issues, he volunteered to scrap Tyron Woodley.
Henderson recently told UFC.com the following:
“I found out when I was at the gym and I was absolutely up for it,” Henderson said about making an 11th hour play for the Woodley fight. “One of the great things about fighting at this new weight is that it doesn’t take me much to hit the mark and I definitely could have made the weight limit on a day’s notice. That’s one of the benefits to always staying ready and always being in the gym, even when you aren’t in training camp. I’d already sparred five rounds that day and I was ready to jump on a plane and go fight Woodley. I was about to do more sparring when I slipped off to text Joe Silva, Sean Shelby and Dana White that I would absolutely take the fight, but that apparently wasn’t in their game plan.”
How about that? And while some might say Henderson wasn’t serious, really, he would have had everything to gain by doing so.
That didn’t happen of course, and now Henderson will take on Alves. If the well rounded fighter can defeat the #13 ranked Alves, Henderson will certainly be on his way at 170.
Alves is coming off a stoppage loss to Carlos Condit in May.
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