Ben Henderson’s head Coach John Crouch was on the MMA hour yesterday and here are some highlights from the interview:
“In my mind, [Thomson] was definitely playing more of a points game than we were. He was trying to win the rounds. He was trying to win according to the judges’ scorecard,”
“I honestly, I don’t understand the uproar. I thought we won the fight clearly. We lost the first (round). After that, Josh got some great takedowns, he’s really tricky in the clinch, he’s got some great trips and he’s got some really great highlights against Gilbert (Melendez) with those trips. But he didn’t do anything. I don’t feel like Josh ever tried to finish the fight, not once. Benson has taken a lot of criticism for not trying to finish, but I feel like we were the aggressor the whole time. Honestly, that’s what led us to make a couple of mistakes to give up positions, was trying to be aggressive. So I didn’t really think it was questionable.”
“Dana doesn’t like us too much, “Benson’s never gotten to sit at the cool table, you know? And I think it’s unfortunate because he’s a great dude, and he works super hard. Not that other people don’t, but you know Ben, you’ve been around him. He’s nothing but just a humble great guy, and he works his butt off. So I’m not surprised by the backlash, but I am disappointed by it, certainly.”
“I think he said it a few times, hasn’t he? Grinding it out, Benson Henderson style fight. Winning close decisions. He said that, and you know, everybody would love to have finishes. God, it’d be great. If somebody could show me how to make his left hand explode people’s heads when he threw it, it’d be awesome. Let’s do that.
“When you play in the NFL, you don’t always win 70-0,” Crouch later added. “Sometimes you win in overtime when the other guy fumbles the snap and you kick a field goal that bounces off the uprights. Sometimes you win those games, and you’ve got to take those games as well as the big ones. So it’s just a little frustrating to hear him get that criticism.”