Benson Henderson isn’t as popular as Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva, but given time, he very well just might be. Henderson is well known by hardcore MMA fans, who followed his career in the WEC.
Henderson has an aggressive wrestling style that was probably influenced by his days as a collegiate wrestler. Henderson was named an NAIA All-American twice in his college wrestling days, and has been successful using his wrestling skills in MMA.
Henderson had a short stint as an amateur MMA fighter, before turning pro in 2006. Henderson went 1-1 in his first two professional MMA fights, before going on a five fight winning streak that got the attention of WEC matchmakers.
Henderson won his first MMA fight in the WEC, defeating tough striker Anthony Njokuani by guillotine choke. Henderson went on and defeated Shane Roller in his next MMA fight, earning himself a shot at the WEC lightweight title. Henderson stepped into the cage against Donald Cerrone at the WEC 43 MMA fight event, in what turned out to be an all out war.
Henderson managed to secure the unaminous decision against Cerrone, becoming the WEC lightweight champion in only three fights. He successfully defended his belt against Jaime Varner, and won his rematch with Cerrone at the WEC 48 MMA fight event.
Henderson ended up losing his title in his next fight against Anthony Pettis (another fighter that has the potential to climb up the UFC lightweight rankings) at the WEC 53 MMA fight event via unaminous decision. An MMA fight many consider to be the best of 2010.
With the WEC’s merger with the UFC, Henderson will try to win some new fans when he competes in the UFC for the first time in his MMA career. Henderson will go against Mark Bocek at the UFC 129 MMA fight event. Henderson was lucky enough to make the UFC 129 main card, but will be well tested by Bocek, who has won four of his last five MMA fights.
With his wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills, Henderson should be able to get past Bocek, and start his journey towards earning a shot at the UFC lightweight title, currently being protected by Frankie Edgar.