Currently riding six-fight win streak, including two title defenses, "Bendo" always puts it all on the line, looking for a finish either via a slick submission move or knocking someone's head off. However, sometimes stoppage victories just aren't "in the cards," according the 155-pound kingpin.
And that's fine for Henderson because as long as he knows he went out and delivered a good performance, trying to finish instead of passing up opportunities purposely, he can live with himself.
After all, getting your hand raised at the end of the fight is all that matters as he recently told Bleacher Report:
"Finishes are cool and stuff, but, ultimately I'm just looking to get my hand raised. I could care less if I don't finish a single fight ever in the UFC, whatever. As long as I get my hand raised. You want to have a good performance. Against Nate, I think I had a pretty good performance. I'm happy, I went out with a win. It's always nice to get those finishes. You look for finishes, you want finishes, but, if it doesn't come it doesn't come. If that's not what's in the cards it's not in the cards. As long as you're actively fighting, going out there looking for submissions. If someone gives you an armbar and you don't take it, that's one thing. If someone gives you their chin and you don't take it and say, ‘I'm just going to punch them in their stomach,' that's another thing. If you're out there looking to end fights and just going after it, laying everything on the line and you don't get a finish, then guess what, you don't get a finish. It happens sometimes."
For the record, "Smooth's" last win via stoppage came in 2010 when he defeated Donald Cerrone via guillotine submission at World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 48.
It's not for a lack of trying on Henderson's part, either. That's because when a fighter competes against top-shelf talents such as Frankie Edgar, Clay Guida and Nate Diaz, among others, finishing an opponent is easier said than done.
Furthermore, his back-to-back "Fight of the Night" bonuses against "The Carpenter" and "The Answer" at UFC on Fox 1 and UFC 144, respectively, prove that his performances were more than just "good."
And he'll need an even better performance against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez because "El Nino" is planning on bringing the fight to Henderson when the two headline tonight's (Sat., April 20, 2013) UFC on Fox 7 event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.