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Benson Henderson Focused On Wins, Not Finishes, To Appease Critics

UFC Fight Night 49

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson continues to field questions over his lack of finishes inside the cage despite earning a recent stoppage win vs. Rustam Khabilov.

Saturday night, “Smooth” steps back inside the Octagon to face Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49 from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I’m going after a great performance,” said Henderson, during an appearance on UFC Tonight. “If I get a submission or knockout, of if a guy slips on a banana peel, I’ll take it. It’s all about having a good performance and getting your hand raised.”

Henderson (21-3) has had his hand raised nine of 10 times since joining the promotion in 2011, including seven consecutive main events. His lone loss came to Anthony Pettis for the title last August via first round submission.

After rebounding with a decision win over Josh Thomson and the fourth round finish of Khabilov, Henderson knows he’ll be in for another challenge with dos Anjos.

“He’s most dangerous in his standup game,” Henderson said. “He’s best known for his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, but he’s been working on his striking and part of his late career resurgence has been because of his stand up. He’s very accurate and dangerous and has power in his hands.”

With Pettis and Gilbert Melendez still set for later this year, the belt has been absent from competition since 2013. That isn’t keeping Henderson from taking his mind off reclaiming it, but he isn’t going to just sit around and wait either.

“To be honest, it’s the same thing. I’m a man on a mission, whether it’s to get a belt and to keep a belt,” he said. “I have a lot of crazy goals in my head. I’m always a man on a mission for something.”

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