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Benson Henderson: “Going into a rematch I know that I when I see an opening I’m going to go for it.”

UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has never looked better than he has inside the Octagon, racking up four straight victories including the biggest win of his career by beating former title-holder Frankie Edgar in February. Still, as excellent as his offerings have been over the past year, even “Bendo” sees room for improvement.

The 28-year old stopped by Ultimate Insider this week where he talked about the bout with Edgar after having recently seen it for the first time, pointing out a few things he’d learned from taking things in via video.

“I wasn’t as busy as I wanted to be. I thought, in my head, I was a lot busier and more proactive with my boxing and what not. As I re-watched the fight I was like, ‘Oh wow! I wasn’t nearly as busy as I thought I was,’” exclaimed Henderson. “There were a lot of openings that Frankie left that I did not take advantage of. Going into a rematch I know that I when I see an opening I’m going to go for it.”

Henderson also made it clear he’s not only confident in his ability to beat Edgar a second time but comfortable with “The Answer” receiving a second shot despite a fairly clear decision loss in their first meeting.

“Absolutely,” said the 16-2 champion, pointing out Edgar’s willingness to take on both B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard in consecutive outings. “Frankie giving two rematches, it’s criminal not to give him a rematch after a decision, because, as a champ, he gave two rematches. I think it’s something that has to be done sometimes. There’s just no alternative. It does create a bit of a logjam at the top, I guess you could say, but if you’re a challenger, the idea is you have to keep winning. It doesn’t matter. You have to keep winning. So if there’s a logjam…guess what? You gotta fight. You gotta win. Oh well. That’s the way life goes.”

No date has been set for Edgar vs. Henderson II though it has been rumored for July 21 in Calgary at UFC 149.

Watch the complete interview with Henderson below:


MMATraining Take: Henderson’s humility and perspective are refreshing. He definitely lives up to his nickname – “Smooth” – with a cool and collected confidence. I don’t doubt he’ll take Edgar out a second time given his ability and size advantage, though I’m also on board with a rematch after the entertainment provided by their first pairing.

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