"Ben Henderson ... To weather that storm and to get out of some of the submissions that he did (against Donald Cerrone), that was super-impressive man. He’s got like a rubber neck, and that’s definitely something that I had to think about in this training camp. Do I wanna go for some of those chokes? Some of my guillotine a lot and my darce, a lot of stuff where it’s a head and an arm, or any sort of neck choke is something that I’m really, really good at. Anything from like a front headlock position is where I finish a lot of people in the gym. The fact that he was able to get out from those submissions is gonna make me….it’s made me rethink maybe jumping for that guillotine if I got him hurt. Or, if it’s there, to go for it and maybe not expend so much energy in trying to finish it."
WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner joined Pro MMA Radio last Monday to discuss his upcoming bout with the very "smooth" Benson Henderson. Henderson's slick submission defense and high flexibility (or maybe pain tolerance) has Varner "on the fence" in terms of the submission game. WEC 46: "Varner vs. Henderson" is this Sunday (Jan. 10). It may come as no surprise if Varner abandons his submission game early. And, after everything we saw when Henderson fought Donald Cerrone at WEC 43, who can blame him?