Mixed martial arts, or MMA, is exploding in popularity here in the Northwest. On Saturday, December 8, a guy from Federal Way will defend his title at KeyArena. Benson Henderson is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion - an incredible accomplishment. And while many mothers may cringe at the thought of their sons or daughters climing into the ring, you can find Benson's mother at ringside, shouting encouragement to her son and celebrating his victories.
Benson joined Kim to talk about his incredible career and what it will be like to defend his title in front of a hometown crowd. He also showed Kim a couple of quick moves anyone can use to break away from an attacker. Benson's mother Song Henderson joined us from the audience, as well.
Tickets for December 8th's UFC event at KeyArena go on sale tomorrow (Friday, October 5) at 10am at the KeyArena Box Office and Ticketmaster.com. Prices start at $50. (Note: last year's UFC event at KeyArena sold out, so don't wait to get your tickets) For more information about the event, please click here to visit the UFC's website.
Here's more information about the December 8 event, provided to us by the UFC;
Five-Round Lightweight Title Main Event: BENSON HENDERSON vs. NATE DIAZ
HENDERSON is undefeated in the UFC at 5-0; Overall record of 16-2
- From Federal Way, mom owns and operates a convenience store in the area
- Boasts wins over Frankie Edgar (twice), Donald Cerrone (twice) and Clay Guida
- Wrestled for The Dana College in Blair, Nebraska; graduated with a double major in criminal justice and sociology.
DIAZ is a relentless striker riding a three-fight winning streak (16-7 overall)
- Owns consecutive winsover Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller
- Trains alongside brother and fellow UFC star, Nick Diaz
- Considered one of the most relentless, menacing fighers in the division
- High-level grappler who also boasts high-volume punching
STACKED main card that includes:
- Former champion SHOGUN RUA vs. ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON with winner likely earning light heavyweight title shot
- Former two-division UFC champ BJ PENN returns to face red-hot welterweight and British Columbia native RORY MACDONALD
- Exciting welterweight match-up between MIKE SWICK and MATT BROWN