Benson Henderson after Bellator debut loss: “You gotta take your butt-whoopings like man, don’t make excuses”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Benson Henderson on Thursday made his first comments since losing to Andrey Koreshkov in his Bellator debut last Friday night. Taking to his personal website, Henderson is remaining positive and looking to move forward past the loss.

Said Henderson:

Tying to be concise but there’s so much that needs to be said…

You gotta take your butt-whoopings like man, don’t make excuses, don’t mention 10 other reasons why it happened, just pull it together and start getting better. Doesn’t matter if it’s your job and missing a promotion, getting accepted to your university of choice or getting beat up for 25 minutes. Either way you can wait a week or a month or 3 months but eventually you need to pull it together and start working on improving…I choose to start improving now.

Have to praise the Big Man above for giving me the opportunity to let a little bit of His light shine out through my actions (in victory and defeat) and thank my amazing Wife for being my rock, there’s not a chance I would be half the man I am without you by my side. Also couldn’t be the fighter I am without the best gym in all of MMA, we’re by each other’s side through all the ups and downs of this crazy career we’ve chose. Love you boys and girls. And to the greatest fans in the world, thanks for the positive vibes and kind words!!! Like I always say, this career is too hard if not for your guys and girls support!!!

God bless…

Penick’s Analysis: It’s good for Henderson to stay positive and move forward from that loss, because he’s still an elite fighter. He’s just probably not an elite welterweight. If he heads back to lightweight, there’s no reason he can’t excel in the Bellator cage. He had a humbling debut against an underrated fighter, and now he’s got to pick up the pieces in order to get himself back on track.

[Photo (c) Ron Chenoy via USA Today Sports]

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