UFC lightweight champion, Benson Henderson gave his thoughts to mmafighting.com on his UFC on FOX 5 main event clash with Nate Diaz set for December 8th in Seattle, Washington, revealing the blueprint to defeat the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu trained fighter has already been laid out.
“Every time a fighter does what they’re supposed to do, and improves and gets better every fight, I wouldn’t say the blueprint goes out the window, but it can be harder to execute the blueprint.
Guys leave holes open in their game. Those holes get smaller if you do what you’re supposed to do and get better from fight to fight.
Nate Diaz has shown a big improvement from his early years in the UFC and he’s made those holes a lot smaller, but I think the blueprint is definitely still out there on how to beat Nate. It’s not just, ‘Oh, we think you’ve got to do this.
We think you’ve got to do this.’ No, if you want to beat him, you’ve got to do A, B, C, and D. And then you beat him. Period. You’re done.
It works well for them. I’m definitely preparing myself mentally to face that, and when I do face that, act accordingly. I don’t intend on it affecting me. I don’t intend on going out there and being all mad, all of a sudden getting emotional.”
Henderson has been victorious in back-to-back close decision fights against Frankie Edgar, winning the title in February before defending it against Edgar this past August. He also holds notable wins over Jim Miller and Clay Guida from 2011.