Benson Henderson

TRAINING: A typical day of practice for me consists of 3-4 practices…mornings I have either a private with my standup coach Nikko or strength & conditioning with my coach Jarrett Aki…afternoons are MMA practice with either my BJJ coach & head trainer John Crouch or with Nikko…and I finish the day off with my boxing coach George Garcia & if I’m feeling a little frisky I roll in regular class till my gym closes…

Thoughts on opponent, Frankie Edgar? Frankie Edgar is a great champion. He has a great chin, a big heart, crisp boxing, and he’s proven himself as a true champ a number of times over. He beat the greatest lightweight champion of all time, not once but twice. I feel like he really is the most underrated UFC champion there is. It’s going to be an honor taking the belt from such an amazing fighter and established champion.

When and why did you start training for fighting? In 2006. I was coaching at my alma mater for the wrestling team and I took a fight on a whim because my friends didn’t think I would do it.

What ranks and titles have you held? Former WEC Lightweight Champion, Two-Time NAIA Collegiate All-American wrestler, Black Belt in Taekwondo, and Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Do you have any heroes? Jesus, my Mother, Clark Kent and Steve Rogers, Steve Costanzo…

What is your favorite technique? The winning technique…

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means a lot. To fight in the UFC is a lot of validation for taking a crazy, wild ride of a career rather than doing a typical career. It validates that I picked a good career and that I’m progressing the way that I want to progress and that I’m working my way toward the top.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? The Dana College in Blair, NE. Graduated with a double-major in criminal justice and sociology…

What was your job before you started fighting? Wrestling

•    Held WEC lightweight title from October 2009 to December 2010

•    Eight wins by submission, two by knockout

•    Won WEC Fight of the Night honors for Cerrone I and Pettis bouts

•    Won WEC Submission of the Night honors for Cerrone II win

•    Loss to Pettis was his first since March 2007

Fight History

Skill Breakdown
Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights: 10
Record: 15-2-0
Summary: Wrestling, good subs and ground and pound
Fighter Info
Nickname: Smooth
From: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Fights Out Of: Glendale, AZ USA
Age: 28
Height: 5′ 9" ( 175 cm )
Weight: 155 lb ( 70 kg )
College: The Dana College
Degree: Criminal Justice/Sociology


Total Attempted Strikes
42% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
41% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
49% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Frankie Edgar
UFC® 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

Feb 25, 2012

68 5 0 0 R5Decision – Unanimous
Benson Henderson 87 1 3 0
Clay Guida
UFC® : Velasquez vs. Dos Santos

Nov 12, 2011

11 2 4 1 R3Decision – Unanimous
Benson Henderson 40 2 0 3
Jim Miller
UFC LIVE: Hardy vs. Lytle

Aug 14, 2011

14 0 6 0 R3Decision – Unanimous
Benson Henderson 65 7 2 6
Mark Bocek

Apr 30, 2011

11 4 2 1 R3Decision – Unanimous
Benson Henderson 56 3 0 0
Benson Henderson
WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis

Dec 16, 2010

38 3 2 3 R5Decision – Unanimous
Anthony Pettis 42 2 4 4

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