By Jody Kohn
When taking questions at the UFC Fight Club Q&A session before last Friday’s UFC 156 weigh-ins, Benson Henderson hardly held back his real thoughts when asked about fellow competitors who use performance enhancing drugs. According to “Smooth,” he doesn’t really mind if his opponents are taking drugs when they face him, because he is going to destroy them.
Benson Henderson has a different take on the subject than most of his fellow fighters. He believes if they need to cheat in order to compete, then he has already defeated them. He may have a point, as a much higher percentage of fighters who fail drug tests actually lose the fights they cheated for than those who emerge victorious. That would seem to suggest, as Benson Henderson said, that the mental aspect is just as, if not more important, than the physical advantage gained from cheating. Below is the quote as he delivered it to the fans in attendance.
“My thing with the whole steroid thing and whatnot — like I understand part of a competitors nature is to take whatever edge, whatever advantage you can get to be the best. To that I just say if I’m facing a person – it happened in college wrestling, sadly it shouldn’t, but it happened in college wrestling people on steroids and whatnot. But if I know someone is mentally weak enough to take steroids, ‘Oh, I need the extra edge, I need to do this’, and they know it’s illegal, they know it’s wrong and they do it. If you’re so mentally weak that you have to take steroids, me five-rounds in the cage with you, I will destroy you. Cause you are mentally weak. So I’m all for it, if you want to take drugs go ahead and take drugs I don’t really care but I’m going to whoop your butt because you are mentally weak and that’s where you win fights in the mental stage. If you’re weak enough to break down, I’m going to kill you.”
Henderson (18-2) is next scheduled to see action in April. He will be putting his 155-pound title on the line when he faces Gilbert Melendez in the main event at UFC on Fox 7. The fight takes place in San Jose, California.