Ben Henderson is prepared for the biggest challenge of his career this weekend when he faces Clay Guida at UFC on Fox 1. Guida has already knocked one former WEC fighter off his perch (Anthony Pettis), and is prepared to do it again. With only the UFC heavyweight championship fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos airing on the network, the much-anticipated lightweight battle between Bendo and Guida has been relegated to Fox Deportes, Facebook, and Fox.com. Henderson was apparently bothered about it at first, but isn't really concerned about it any more. He talked to Sergio Non of USA Today about a variety of things, including that issue:
I was pretty surprised when I first heard about it. I'm not going to lie. … When I heard that, to be honest, I was a little bit sad about that. I was a little bit bummed out.
Of course, this is a historic moment. First time on Fox, it's a huge, huge, big historic moment for the UFC, for my sport, for MMA. I'm happy I'm a part of it. I'm happy I'm on the card, the co-main event.
I would definitely like to be on Fox, though. But whatever. It is what it is.
The more I thought about it, I was able to settle myself down and be like, "You know what? It doesn't really matter." All that matters is me getting my hand raised, getting that W. Being on Fox or Facebook or Foxsports.com of Spike TV or Versus or pay-per-view, it all doesn't really matter; what matters is you winning, you getting your hand raised.
He also talks a bit about the style matchup between the two:
With Clay, I think I can do pretty much what I want to. If he wants to stay standing, I can take him down or I can keep it standing, because I think I'm a better stand-up fighter than he is. If he wants to take it the ground, I think I'm a better wrestler, I can avoid the takedown or if I want to take it to the ground, I can dictate where the fight takes place at.
The interview is very informative, and goes much more in-depth into how Henderson thinks he can beat Guida, why Guida he thinks was able to beat Pettis, and if Bendo thinks he deserves a title shot if he wins. I highly recommend checking out the whole thing, which you can do here.