Ben Henderson calm for title defense

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Henderson celebrates victory over Edgar atUFC 144. UFC publicity photo.

The UFC lightweight champion, Ben Henderson, is all set for his rematch with Frank Edgar, the former king of the promotion’s deepest division. The showdown goes down this Saturday in Denver, Colorado, at UFC 150. The first time the two locked horns to determine the divisional number one ended somewhat contentiously for the evenness of the bout, prompting Dana White to set up a second encounter almost immediately.

Henderson showed little nerves when addressing the fight. “I don’t feel any pressure. The most pressure in a fight is the pressure I put on myself. I expect to put in a great performance every time I step in the octagon, whether I win, lose or draw,” he told the website.

This calmness of Henderson’s is a common characteristic among gentle-art practitioners, who learn to coolly assess whatever situation they are in. A Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, Henderson is a regular at Gi Jiu-Jitsu competitions and even took bronze at the 2011 World Championship.

What about you, gentle reader, will Ben Henderson hang on to his belt? Will he put his gentle-art skills to good use?

In the video from the 2011 Arizona State BJJ Championship below, you can get a sense of just how sharp the champion’s Jiu-Jitsu is.

Note how he defends against a Kimura by grabbing his opponent’s ankle.

UFC 150
Denver, Colorado
August 11, 2012

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