Benson Henderson Says He Is Surprised To Be Facing T.J. Grant At Next Fight

UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson spoke today about his surprise to find that he’ll be facing T.J. Grant in his next title fight after the Canadian upset the odds and earned a first round TKO win over former two-time title contender, Gray Maynard just this weekend past at UFC 160 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Henderson, speaking via said:

“I won’t lie, I am a little bit surprised. I think most people had Gray winning, most people picked Gray to win. Not only did T.J. prove everybody wrong, but the manner and the fashion in which he did it, pretty impressive performance for him. I was already kind of mentally preparing for [Maynard] and now I’ve got a new guy to mentally prepare for. I don’t know a whole lot about T.J., to be honest. I know he’s, what, 5-0 at 155 now. He used to be a ’70 pounder. From what I’ve seen of him, just the little promos and hype and stuff, doesn’t seem too flashy but just one of those guys, a grinder, good fundamentals, solid. It’s going to be my job to learn all about him the next month or so.”

“I feel secure as a UFC champ. I think I get the same recognition. Obviously, (Georges) St-Pierre and Jon Jones, those guys … we’re talking about guys who’ve kind of crossed that mainstream. Maybe I haven’t crossed the mainstream yet. It’s cool with me. Whatever, I don’t necessarily fight just for money. I’ve proven that a bunch of times, choosing not to fight on pay-per-views. Dana White and Lorenzo (Fertitta) asked me, ‘Hey, do you mind fighting on this FOX card?’ ‘I would love it. No problem.’ In my contract I do have pay-per-view points, but when I fight for FOX and those guys, they want me on there to be an ambassador for the sport. I have no problem with that.

“I actually love fighting on a bigger stage. I love having a bigger audience, a broader audience besides just the core demographic of males 18-34. … The last fight, what was it? 5.5 million people? You can’t beat that, that kind of a stage, that kind of an audience. FOX Sports 1, you know how big of a deal FOX is going to make that? FOX is going to promote the crap out of that. It’s going to be a huge stage. It’s going to be ginormous, so I would love to fight on the card.”

“I don’t think I need a finish. I think I just need to have a great performance. As long as I have a great performance, it’ll all take care of itself.”

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