It’s not that Benson Henderson feels that Nate Diaz has been exposed, or that he has an easy battle coming up – but he does see ‘small holes‘ that he plans to exploit in his upcoming title defense attempt against Nate Diaz on Dec. 8th. The champ would not detail those holes, but it’s safe to assume that he is looking at Nate’s most recent loss against Rory Macdonald where he struggled in the wrestling department.
“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,” Henderson steadily explains. “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.” -MMAFighting.com
The UFC lightweight champ stands currently as a slight favorite over the fast-paced brawler in the betting odds, despite opening as a heavy favorite at the time of the fights announcement. The two will be headlining the FOX 5 card on broadcast television, atop a stacked line-up including Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson and BJ Penn vs. Rory Macdonald.