Lightweight champion Benson Henderson credits jab’s role in title-win at UFC 144

This past Saturday night fulfilled a lifelong dream for Benson Henderson who had visualized winning the UFC championship hundreds if not thousands of time. However, as closely contested as his UFC 144 bout against Frankie Edgar may have seemed to those watching from home or in the arena, in Henderson’s estimation looks may have been deceiving.

A still-glowing “Bendo” broached the subject in a post-fight interview with the UFC where he said a number of Edgar’s successful takedowns were the result of slipping rather than failing to defend the attempts, as well as expressed his belief that his jab had Edgar on his heels for a good portion of the five-round fight.

“From the second round on I stayed inside the blue circle because I kept slipping,” said Henderson moments after the career-defining victory. “Eventually I had to limit my gameplan, I had to stop doing what I wanted to do. I just stayed in the blue center and just let him go him around a little bit. My gameplan was more to cut him off. He’s very fast, he has quick lateral movement. I wanted to cut him off and do very well there but I kept freakin’ slipping. I fell like 4-5 times and they problem counted them as takedowns but it’s just because I freakin’ slipped.”

On the subject of his successful offense against Edgar, Henderson felt as though he out-boxed Edgar.

“Around the third round my jab started landing and I saw him flinch from my jab,” explained Henderson. “I knew I kind of had him on my jab to where they’re gun-shy of the jab you own them. So at that moment when I saw him kind of flinch or pause or hesitate off my jab I realized, ‘I can land my jab all night long…I’m gonna use that, I’m gonna milk that bad boy…’”

Check out the complete interview below:

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MMATraining Take: It’s hard to fault a guy in Henderson’s position for seemingly a bit over-confident but, whether he slipped or not, there’s no need to bring it up since there’s no way of telling. I don’t recall him slipping at any point during the bout but then again I wasn’t in the Octagon either. I would definitely be interested to hear what Edgar thinks on that matter.

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