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No one buzzed at this fighter. Wanna put on a singlet and go have a wrestling match? Referee John McCarthy instantly waved off the fight at two minutes, 26 seconds. Just seconds later, however, the fight was over after Freire, the winningest fighter in Bellator history, turned away from the action in what amounted to a physical surrender as he succumbed to a foot injury. Benson Henderson beat Patricio Freire by second-round TKO on Friday night after Freire retired due to a foot injury moments after their Bellator 160 main event began to heat up. Continuously underappreciated throughout his reigns as champion, Henderson was as active of a champion as any and constantly looking for a fight. He even admits that he knows that some guys will need to have “off nights” when they meet. Chandler, who regained his title on June 24 with a knockout of Freire's twin brother Patricky, was in attendance on Friday and playfully stared down Henderson inside the cage after the fight. "I'm excited, he's a tough dude," Chandler said. Be the first to buzz at him. He just wants the winner. Two fights into Benson Henderson's Bellator MMA career, and the former UFC champion has already secured his second shot at a world title with his new promotion. My job is to go in there and go win, get my hand raised. But on top of that, I can fully admit, my willpower on food has definitely gone down. "I have been looking forward to fighting him for a very long time. “The biggest takeaway from [the Michael] Chandler [title fight] was him wanting to wrestle and grapple,” Henderson told BJPenn.com. 0, 0 Days, Currently Of course. wearing. That’s what won him the fight. cut to, Bank Can "I knew for sure [Freire was injured] when I checked two of his kicks. “I need to do a better job of being prepared for that. He backed away right away immediately," Henderson said. (0:32). Although no longer the champion, that attitude remains the same with a similar goal in mind. Either or, Henderson has no prediction for that fight or preference as to who he’d rather rematch. Balance, Highest Having already had two title shots in Bellator, one at welterweight with the other at his usual home of lightweight, The MMA Lab staple still continues to learn a lot despite his great amount of experience that he’s utilizing on his road back to the gold. We serve you with the latest breaking news, exclusive fighter interviews, videos and more. BJPENN.COM is your premier source for all MMA News. People have been looking to this matchup for a long time. It's Henderson's first win with Bellator, setting up a lightweight title fight with Michael Chandler in November. “I think for sure… Actually, it’s definitely harder the older you get. "Smooth" Benson Henderson (300921) - Retired : Record ... Benson has Exceptional boxing, Abysmal Muay Thai, Feeble wrestling and holds a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. NA, P4P: Wanna turn it to a Jiu-Jitsu, ground game fight, no problem. What is the military favorite thing to say? BJ "The Prodigy" Penn. Moments later on his feet, the native of Brazil produced his finest moment by catching Henderson with a combination of clean punches. The balance of actually dieting, being smart and [watching] what you eat, that’s definitely gone downhill a lot.”. "We definitely worked on checking kicks. The majority of the blame belonged to the overly cautious Henderson, who entered with a large size advantage over Freire (25-4), a former Bellator champion, who was moving up from featherweight. Benson Henderson On Why He Made the Move to Bellator - YouTube I’ll be ready for either and all facets of the fight.”. I can train harder, train smarter. I never thought I would end a fight by checking kicks but I'll definitely take it. Henderson (24-6) defeated Patricio "Pitbull" Freire by second-round TKO on Friday night after Freire retired due to a foot injury just moments after their Bellator 160 main event began to heat up at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. With the several recent cases of success for fighters that have gone up in weight as well as the never-ending battle with father time, Henderson has noticed the differences as his career has progressed. “I don’t really know to be honest, man, guys… People are tending to think about and obsess about where it puts me and if I beat this guy and I do this, then this guy loses, yadda yadda yadda… Just go win your next fight,” Henderson told BJPenn.com. Henderson recorded his first victory under the Bellator banner despite being largely ineffective offensively. I guess I'll take a 'W' any way I can get it.". Want a wrestling match, no problem. Assuming Henderson gets the win on Saturday night accompanied by his third crack at a Bellator title, he’ll be facing one of two former opponents in current champion, Michael Chandler or who would then be the featherweight and lightweight champion, Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire. He’s a college wrestler, yadda yadda,’ Start beating him up a little bit, he’s going to try to take me down. So let's do it. We can do that if that’s what you want to do. You’re more aware the older, how you train, that sort of stuff, you know? It is also the home of 2X UFC Hall of Fame Champion. Even with that in mind, the Colorado Springs native isn’t totally sure where a win would put him in the division. ‘The Bomb’ will look to make a name off of the MMA legend to cement his place as the rightful next contender at 155-pounds. He just realizes that he needs better performances by coming in at the top of his abilities. Over my paygrade, over my paygrade. The victory lifts Henderson, 32, into a title shot against lightweight champion Michael Chandler on Nov. 19. No problem, no problem. I was not in the mindset… I didn’t think he wanted to wrestle, I didn’t think he wanted to grapple but you look at some of his past fights, he starts losing the stand-up battle, that’s what he goes to. My willpower for training hard has actually gone up. “Let the matchmakers do their job. “He took a couple hard losses in a row, but he did what you need to do as an up and comer or a wannabe champion, he got better from those losses, and in those next two fights he was able to get his hand raised. When it comes to the discussion of who is the greatest lightweight fighter of all time, debates can’t be had without the mention of the former WEC and UFC king, ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson. So I expect him to be the best version of himself. I will win, I will do that. But first thing’s first… And that’s the San Jose favorite in Piccolotti. Early in Round 2, Freire made him miss with a punch and shot in for the takedown. Next for Henderson will be the rising contender, Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 220 this Saturday night. Rank, 10-1-0 (W-L-D), 9 (T)KOs (90.00%), 0 (T)KOs (0.00%), 178 cm, 179 lbs, 162.8 lbs, Weight: Training hard, I have that no problem. “They have a ton of great lightweights over there at AKA. At Bellator 208, ex-champ Benson Henderson will close out his current contract, and he's uncertain about what comes next. 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Let's put on a show for the Bellator fans.". But so will Henderson, as a win for both fighters would extend their current streaks to three straight. We’re like, ‘Oh yeah, duh. After a decade of on-line operation BJP has evolved into the most reliable destination for all of your MMA needs.