Benson Henderson: Rising Up Premieres Wednesday on Fuel TV
UFC Presents Benson Henderson: Rising Up will be premiering Wednesday, December 5 at 11PM ET. This is a new one-hour special that gives a special behind-the-scenes, never before seen look at the UFC lightweight champion.
The special will provide exclusive interviews with Henderson, his trainer John Crouch, his mother, his brother Julius Henderson, his girlfriend Maria Magana, who talk about the defining moments in Henderson’s career: including his WEC lightweight title loss to Anthony Pettis. A fight in which Henderson was on the receiving end of the infamous “Showtime Kick.”
Regarding the transformation he went through after the loss: “For me, it was a milestone. A catapult to get better. A lot of times some people face adversity and they have a tough loss. A close loss, and then they kind of go down. I think of some of the best champs- St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, a lot of NFL guys and NBA guys. They hit that and they get better from there. I want to be that guy. I used the Pettis fight [to become] a better fighter.”
The special will document Henderson’s journey to coming into the UFC and going on a tear of defeating Marck Bocek, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida along the way to defeating Frankie Edgar to become the UFC lightweight champion. Regarding the legacy he would like to leave on the sport, Henderson says he would like to be “The best ever. Period. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I want to be the best fighter ever.”