Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting spoke with the victorious Ben "Smooth" Henderson after his tough unanimous decision victory over Mark Bocek in his UFC debut.
"Smooth" weathered the brilliant jiu-jitsu storm of Mark Bocek, while delivering a savage knee attack from the clinch and minimizing any counter damage from his opponent.
"I feel cleansed, I feel good," Henderson stated after reflecting on his WEC 53 loss and now his UFC 129 win.
"I hate losing. Coming off of a win with my hand raised doesn't erase what happened," Ben stated about his current mind set after this fight in Toronto.
Not a big trash talker, Ben Henderson has always allowed his performance inside the Octagon to speak volumes.
Never reciprocating the smack of those who have called out "Smooth," Henderson's response has always been, "Let's put the money where your mouth is, and let's find out."
UFC 129 was Henderson's opportunity to silence his critics who have doubted his ability to compete against the best lightweights in the world.
"This was my chance to go in there against a top UFC lightweight guy, and I needed a good performance, and I think I did that," Ben said.
"I feel like I was little tentative," Henderson stated to Helwani in his matchup against Bocek. "I was aware of (Mark Bocek's) take-downs, so I didn't quite let go of my kicks and didn't quite let go of my hands."
Outside of the Octagon, Henderson recently endured an 18-hour tattoo session for his most recent addition to his back. Henderson stated that the tattoo "has a lot of meaning to me on many different levels."
Feeling "cleansed" with a victory in his UFC debut and displaying a piece of art on his back that has symbolic meaning for Ben Henderson, the balance in his life transitioned into success in the cage.
Who is next for "Smooth?"
"I don't know," Henderson stated. "I'm going to talk to Dana White. But whoever it is, I'm going to have my hand raised at the end of the fight."
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