Benson Henderson will return to action for the first time since dropping the UFC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis this Saturday, meeting Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on FOX 10.
Henderson, who earned successful title defenses over Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez, was submitted by Pettis in 2013.
While the loss stung, “Smooth” understands that is all part of being involved in MMA.
“I made a mistake,” said Henderson, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “It happens. It happens to Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones. It’s a matter of making the mistake fewer and fewer times, and making the opening smaller and smaller.
“Pettis capitalized on a mistake and I give credit to him.”
That “mistake” forced Henderson to take his game to another level in practice at the MMA Lab.
“I made a mistake, but I trust the process,” he said. “At MMA Lab, we’ve been successful with the formula and we trust the process.
“It was a small mistake, so I don’t need new coaches, trainers or to make any changes. I just need to get better every day and minimize the mistakes.”
With Thomson stepping inside the Octagon, Henderson will likely have a chance to propel himself right back into title contention with a win. However, the pressures of main eventing another FOX card isn’t something he’s concerned with.
“It’s the same approach for all fights: there’s a lot of extra hoopla every fight, but you’ve got to go out there, have a good performance and get your hand raised,” Henderson stated. “It’s the same fight as all the other fights in your career.”
You can check out the entire interview with Henderson from UFC Tonight in the video below: