“Sadly, and I’m probably not the best sound bite here, but it’s the same as always and just another fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first fight in the UFC, your first fight on a main card, or the main event; ultimately it doesn’t matter. People ask how I’ll come back. I’ve had two losses in the past seven years and people are wondering how I’ll come back. A fight is a fight. I’m going to come into this fight prepared and show out like I always do. I’m always 100 percent prepared and 100 percent ready. I’m going to train like I always do and I’ll come in ready like always. There is always going to be a new this or that. There are always going to be extra things that can be added on or played up to try to sell the story. But for me personally, a fight is a fight. It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are. I’m going to show up ready and prepared and I’m going to show out.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) “I absolutely keep it simple and not just in fighting but in life in general. I try to keep things simple and not too complicated. You can worry yourself to death and get caught up in this and that and one hundred million things you have no control over. What do you have control over? I have control over how I train by going to practice in the morning and in the afternoon. Performing well during the fight…those are the things I worry about. Just that next step because everything else is everything else.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) “I think this is a great matchup stylistically. You are going to see both of us going hard. I can and have gone 25 minutes and so has he. We’ve both gone all-out for five rounds at a high pace. I’m not talking about a slow 25 minutes like we sometimes see with heavyweights where they just lean on one another; I’m talking about a non-stop, fast-paced 25 minute fight where both guys are getting after it. He’s been working his wrestling for a long, long time and I’ve been working my standup for a long time as well. We are both pretty good in all areas. We’re maybe not great in one specific area that outshines all others, but we are both pretty solid in all areas.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) “Fans are going to see a true mixed martial arts fight here. A lot of times a fight will stay standing for the full 25 minutes and people say what a great fight it was. But that’s a kickboxing fight. I’m talking about an MMA fight between Josh and I. You are going to see us on the ground. We are going to be against the cage. We are going to be standing up and everywhere in between.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) “It’s definitely in the back of my head, but I’m trying to not think about it as much. When you get to a certain point in your career, and you are doing so many interviews, when you are continuously asked what you think about the color red over and over, pretty soon the color red is all you are thinking about. Then because I get asked that stuff, my mindset does kind of change. I start thinking about how I’m going to do this or that; things I never thought about before being asked those questions. I want to get back to keeping it simple because those things don’t matter. To me, it’s all inconsequential. I put my focus on the next guy up and that’s Josh Thomson and I’m gonna go beat him up bad.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) was champion for more than a year but never put together a dominant performance despite beating the likes of UFC lightweight Benson Henderson Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez. Rather, his title-defenses were all closely contested with two of the three involving Split Decisions. However, scorecards didn’t come into play when he ran into Anthony Pettis in August, suffering a submission defeat before the first frame had expired. In a little more than a month “Bendo” will have an opportunity to get back on the winning track when he faces Josh Thomson at . Henderson recently spoke to UFC on FOX 10 UFC.com about his mindset after losing in such a significant way, what he expects in his tilt with Thomson, and how close he feels he is at getting another crack at Pettis.