UFC lightweight titleholder Benson Henderson will look to establish his status as a champion when he heads into the Key Arena in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday to defend his belt in a showdown with Nate Diaz.
Considered the biggest stage of his career, the fight against Diaz will certainly serve as a defining moment for Henderson’s six-year career in the UFC.
“I’m just doing whatever I have to do to get my hand raised,” Henderson told USA Today. “If that leads to me getting guillotine [choke] submissions in the first round, cool, I’ll take it. If it leads to me getting split decisions in pretty close fights, I’ll take that too.”
Despite winning five straight decisions since his debut in April 2011, Henderson hasn’t yet notched a victory against a premier fighter to cement his legacy as a champion. Beating the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 5 Lightweight Tournament in Diaz will surely give him the prestige as an elite fighter.
To read our interview with Benson Henderson from the July 2012 issue of KoreAm, click below: