In the past 16 months, the ratio of fight nights Benson Henderson has spent just outside the cage rather than inside competing has widened.
Have you noticed?
Henderson, the former UFC lightweight champion and current Bellator fighter, fought just once last year, dropping a split decision to Patricky Freire at Bellator 183. But during that same time frame, Henderson (24-8 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) could be seen on TV cornering a number of fighters out of The MMA Lab in Phoenix.
“Because he loves his teammates,” coach John Crouch told MMAjunkie Radio.
That’s the short answer, of course. But perhaps there’s more to it.
Consider: Henderson underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL prior to his loss to Freire. He’s on a downslide, going 1-3 in Bellator since jumping ship from the UFC. And, at 34, he’s not far from when he’s stated he could retire.
“I have a limited amount of time left – one year, two years,” Henderson told MMAjunkie last September. “I know I don’t want to be fighting when I’m 40. I don’t want to be fighting when I’m 37. And I don’t want to be fighting when I’m 36.”
Given Henderson’s increased presence as a cornerman, it seems fair to wonder if he’s already laying a foundation for his future. If becoming a full-time MMA coach is something Henderson wants to pursue, Crouch has no doubt he would excel.
“He would make a great coach, and I feel really great when he’s in the corner with me,” Crouch said. “Benson’s really smart. He’s been in there for hours and hours, and he understands the game very well, and he sees things. I love having him in the corner.”
To hear more from Crouch talking about Henderson, watch the video above. You can also check out a sampling of Henderson teaching moves in the 2014 video below.
And for more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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