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Iuanes 12-09-2012 05:15 PM

Does Benson Henderson get enough respect as Champion?
The Fox broadcast framed his fight against Diaz as a 'respect' fight. Which I somewhat agree with. Henderson has consistently been near the top wherever he's been fighting, but he seems to be constantly looked over as just another name in lieu of other supposedly superior lightweights who simply need to hit their groove to get their crown and dominate the division.

Let's face it, lightweight is a minefield of possible contenders and fighters who don't seem to be able to be finished. I don't hold it against Bendo for not having a finish in the UFC and its impressive that he's managed to survive his UFC tenure without a loss (though detractors will bring up the Edgar fights).

After his performance against Diaz, will Bendo be seen as a more credible Champion?

He has the gas tank, the athleticism, the skills in all areas, and the gameplan to beat anybody I think or at least stay relevant for a long time.

Yeah, his post fight Jesus rallies are corny, but I think people that hold that against them might be indulging in the same narrow-mindedness that they supposedly abhor. It almost feels like he just does that to troll people.

I think a fight everyone wants to see is a Pettis rematch, because that fight was insane. Unfortunately Pettis hasn't been able to keep apace with Hendo in the UFC to have that fight be possible yet, so the question remains to be asked,

Who's next for Bendo? Who can beat him? (No Edgar fanboys please)

LL 12-09-2012 05:27 PM

The reasons he wasn't getting any respect is because of the second Frankie fight, he hasn't finished a fight yet.

Funny enough his Jesus rants don't bother me at all, I don't hate the fact he hasn't finished a fight in the UFC yet, although it's only a matter of time until SOMEONE brings it up, if he doesn't finish someone soon the same people who blast GSP for not finishing will soon be on his tail, what I have a problem is the same reason many people have/had a problem with him, the second Frankie Edgar fight. Look throughout the annuals of MMA history and you'll see that a guy who wins a controversial decision gets a lot of shit, Lyoto Machida after the first Shogun fight is a perfect example of this, you win a fight many feel you shouldn't have and the fans are coming for you with cries of robbery.

He destroyed Nate, complete domination from bell to bell and he should get his props for that, some of his detractors will go away and people will probably give him a lot more respect, which he deserves. He erased some of the stigma around him, of course the Atheist crowd will always be on his case, so that's always gonna be there but for me, he hasn't shown me anything that could lead me to believe he's gonna win a rematch with Pettis, he may be the Champion and that's all fine and dandy but Pettis was the better man the first time and when and they will indeed fight again, I promise you that, when they meet once more the result will be the same and his title reign will once again come to an end at the hands of Showtime except this time, it's gonna be a UFC belt that gets put on Anthony and not the WEC one.

Judoka82 12-09-2012 05:31 PM

He has my respect, not 100% because I do think Franky beat him. But I don't question his skill.

For some reason though I don't think I can every be a fan. I always want him to loose. I don't know if its his horrible tattoo or what but I seem to always root against him

AlphaDawg 12-09-2012 05:43 PM

Not yet. Some don't think of him as the true champion because of how close his second fight with Frankie was. That and he doesn't have an impressive finish yet, which baffles me because of how he fights. He's beaten the f*ck out of everyone so far, but just can't get the finish.

It might have to do with the Jesus stuff too. I used to absolutely hate it but it doesn't bother me anymore. What bothers me now though is how hard he's trying to be some kind of role model. He went on some inspirational spiel last night after the fight, and then did it again at the post fight conference. It's like that fake sh*t Jones was doing for awhile.

ptw 12-09-2012 06:15 PM

Ben Henderson has only defended the title one time and his win against Frankie was questionable to some(Personally, I had 1st fight Edgar, 2nd fight Draw) so it's no surprise he hasn't gotten much respect as a champ. If he's able to defend one more time people will give him props. Right now the Nate fight showed us he's champ for a reason, but the win against Nate wasn't exactly an exclamation point or anything.

Brydon 12-09-2012 06:16 PM

He doesn't no. But the fight for the title being very close and not the best fight and then his first defence being very close and not the best fight is the reason why. He should have gained some more respect after a good figth against Nate where he owned him and was being very aggressive, but to truly earn most fans respect you need to finish guys. Every fight he has had in the UFC has gone to the decision. Gotta finish guys to be seen as a great champ.

joshua7789 12-09-2012 07:00 PM

This didnt really do anything to change my view of Bendo. I think he is really talented and deserves his number one ranking, but he was a horrible style match up for Nate. I really want to see him fight Pettis again.

Soakked 12-09-2012 07:06 PM

"Does Benson Henderson get enough respect as Champion"

After this fight I'm sure he does.

Canadian Psycho 12-09-2012 07:10 PM

I'm sure losing to Pettis and his bouts with Edgar have left certain people unconvinced. I've always had respect for Henderson and I felt he beat Frankie soundly both times. And he took Nate to school. I would, however, like to see him square off against Pettis at long last. That fight needs to happen so that certain lingering questions can be put to rest.

TheNinja 12-09-2012 07:16 PM

I've always respected Bendo. I love to watch him fight. It sucked watching him put a beat-down on Nate like that, but it just showed me he is in a different league.

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