Before Ben "Smooth" Henderson faces off with Donald Cerrone to defend his WEC lightweight belt, he faced off with Cagewriter to answer our burning questions.
Cagewriter: Where do you keep the belt?
Ben Henderson: At my gym. They have it in a case.
If you could have any job, what would it be?
In a perfect world? My dream job? In a perfect world, I'd be traveling the globe, being paid well, to eat different foods. Try different foods. I'd have my own TV show, like on the Food Network, where I'd be trying all these new foods. That would be my dream job in a perfect world.
Are you an adventurous eater?
I love trying new foods. I'm all about that. But a real world job, I'd probably be a police officer in Denver.
Back to the food. What's the weirdest food you've ever tried?
I'd have all sorts of weird things. Me and my buddies when we were in college, we'd have dog biscuits. I had a live goldfish, I had fish eyeballs. A lot of different things, Rocky Mountain Oysters. (Ed. note: Ben then told me, in detail, how Rocky Mountain Oysters are made. I'll spare you; click on the link if you'd like to know what they are.) They taste like chicken nuggets. They're not too bad.
If you could script a perfect fight, how would it go?
Start with some standing and banging, showcasing all the hard work I've put into my boxing, my Muay Thai, from there, showcase some of my wrestling, which I've been doing longer in my life then I've not been doing it. Take him down somehow, in a way that's nice and simple, but do it in a flashy way. Once I get him to the ground, show off some really nice jiu-jitsu skills, then getting full mount, ground and pound a little bit, then take his back and get a rear-naked choke, BJ Penn style.
Basically, I'd want to showcase all the things I've been working so hard on.
Would this all happen in the first round?
It doesn't matter. First round, second round, third round, it doesn't matter. It could be six or seven rounds. Let's do that. The longer, the better.
Would you be up for a fight with no time limit?
Yeah! I've always felt better the longer the fights go. Cardio has always been a positive of mine. The longer the fight, the stronger I am, the more in control I feel.
Why do you think that is?
It goes back to old school wrestling days. Iowa-style wrestling. Be physically in their face the entire time until they don't want to be there any more, then impose your will on him.
Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris?
Bruce Lee, hands down. Not only is he the real deal -- Chuck Norris is the real deal, too, but he went Hollywood -- but Bruce Lee was the real deal and he made it a thing of beauty. He made it into an art form. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." John Keats, y'know?
Indeed. Who is your hero?
Jesus Christ, and my mama, too. She's one of the hardest working people I've ever heard of. When I tell somebody her story, and then I look back and listen to my own, I think, "Oh, man. That is a hard life. She works her butt off." Coming to America, she didn't have the best grasp of the English language, she had to raise two knucklehead kids by herself, she worked 15-16 hour days since I was in sixth grade. Now, she owns her own store, but she still works 15-hour days.
If you could have a superhero power, what would it be?
It would have to be healing factor, where if I got shot, I would heal on my own in 10 minutes. That would be pretty cool.
You wouldn't get any postfight medical suspensions.
Since becoming more well-known, what was the oddest fan moment you've had?
After the first Donald Cerrone fight, I was sitting in a hospital bed, in the hospital gown and kind of out of it, and all the doctors in the ER kept coming in and taking pictures with me and the belt. It was pretty cool, but it was new to me. Then I saw the pictures later, and whoa, my hair was a mess, I looked ugly, and I was out of it.