Ben Henderson Biography Introduction:
Henderson's WEC fight with Donald Cerrone (2009) won Sherdog.com's Fight of the Year. His bout against Anthony Pettis in 2010, though a loss, won Fight of the Night and was one of the best bouts of that year as well. Even when the UFC made its debut on the FOX television network, the Junior dos Santos knockout of Cain Velasquez, though impressive, was nowhere near the best fight on the card.
Rather, Henderson's victory over Clay Guida is the fight that those who saw the event will remember. And it's just that kind of excitement that makes a biography on Henderson worth reading. Here is his story.
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Rather, when Henderson was cut from the Decatur High School basketball team (Federal Way, Washington), it caused him to look toward a different outlet. That outlet ended up being wrestling. After a solid high school career, Henderson went on to wrestle at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, where he earned All-American status twice.
At present, Henderson holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under John Crouch.
"My mom was not happy at all," he said. "She said, 'Let me get this straight. You have two jobs ready for you in Denver and Omaha with good money, and you want to fight?' She was not happy at all."
As Henderson's career began to skyrocket, however, even his mother came around. "Before the fight (an MFC bout against Mike Maestas) I told her, 'Mom, I'm fighting on TV," Henderson said. "She didn't understand that. She thought I was still on rinky-dink cards. It was the first time I fought on TV, and I think because of that, she gave it a little bit of her OK. The more I fight on TV, the more she's sold on it."
In that fight, Pettis defeated Henderson in a great bout, punctuating things with a jumping round kick off the cage wall. And that's when the UFC came calling.
Most importantly, Henderson fights with heart. He is known for his non-stop cardio.
Henderson is also a proud Christian who said the following on his former WEC profile: "I don't drink -- I've never had a sip of alcohol. I've never had a puff of a cigarette or weed or anything like that. Growing up in Tacoma, that wasn't a very popular choice. I made a decision, and whenever it came up, I passed the dutchie to the left hand side ... People have seen that. They see I don't do the club scene. By people seeing that, that affects them in a bigger way than me talking about it."
Some of Ben Henderson's Greatest Victories
- Henderson defeats Clay Guida by unanimous decision at the UFC on FOX 1: What a match! In the end, many believed it was too bad that the Junior dos Santos- Cain Velasquez fight was the one that the UFC shared with fans for its inaugural FOX effort. This fight was a much better one- a win for Henderson by decision.
- Henderson defeats Donald Cerrone by guillotine choke at WEC 48: Their first fight was amazing. Their second fight ended in the first round and proved to people that Henderson was a true power in the division.
- Henderson defeats Jamie Varner by guillotine choke at WEC 46: Henderson got beat up in the first two rounds of this championship fight. But the third round saw him once again come back from the jaws of defeat and win. With the victory, Henderson became the true WEC Lightweight Champion.
- Henderson defeats Donald Cerrone by decision at WEC 43: In one of the best back and forth fights of the year, Henderson won a unanimous decision to take home the WEC Interim Lightweight title.