Reeling off five consecutive decision victories inside the Octagon, "Smooth" says though he tries to get the finish each time out, sometimes, it isn't as easy as most seem to believe.
As he prepares to defend his lightweight title for the second consecutive time against Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5 on Dec., 8, 2012 in Seattle, Washington, Henderson says the objective is the same: Get the all important "W" by any means necessary.
He said as much at yesterday's (Nov. 27, 2012) UFC on FOX 5 media conference call:
"I think the first two Frankie fights, the first one was close and everyone was hoping the second wouldn't be as close and would be more decisive but, sadly the second one was even closer than the first one. It is what it is. But, as far as me facing Nate, and how I gotta win against Nate, I'm just trying to get the 'W.' I'm trying to get my hand raised however I can get it. If he slips on a banana peel, I'll take it. If it's a decisive victory, I'll take it even closer, razor thin decision, even closer than the second Frankie fight, I'll take that too. Getting the 'W' is not easy to come by in the UFC going against the best guys, literally, on the planet. I'll take it any way I can get it. That being said, all the fighters on the line, we all fight to end fights and to have to be as decisive as possible. But, sometimes, when you're fighting the best guys on the planet, you can't make it as easy as that. You can't make it a decisive bout because the guys your fighting it's almost offensive to say, 'Oh, yeah, I'm going to go in there and I'm going to knock out Nate Diaz, no problem.' No, I'm not going to say that. Nate Diaz is tough, he's darn tough and I'll try to get my hand raised anyway possible."
Getting the "finish" against the tough-as-nails Diaz will prove to be one tough task.
Nate hasn't been stopped inside the cage since tapping to an arm bar courtesy of Hermes Franca almost six years ago. In fact, that's the only time the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has ever been stopped.
Furthermore, Diaz will also be looking to make a statement of his own as he attempts to capture his first-ever world title in mixed martial arts (MMA).
This one should be fun.
How about it Maniacs, which of these two talented 155-pound monsters do you think is more likely to pull out a decisive victory in "The Emerald City?"