Ben Henderson competing at Pan-Am Games [Video]

With a title fight less than three weeks away, Benson Henderson, the UFC Lightweight Champion, still competed in the BJJ Pan-American games. The 29 year old 155′er decided to challenge himself in the brown belt division of this competition. The champ’s next title defense will be on April 20th against Gilbert Melendez at UFC On Fox 7. 


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    ReignDropz

    April 1, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I think it's crazy that this close to a title defense he would risk injury in an event like this. I'm sure his coaching staff wasn't happy about it either. That's some true championship competitiveness in his blood….Props to Ben.

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    PukeVomit

    April 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    i dont get the pointing-system

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    slickrick

    April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Looked to me like Ben was having to defend a hell of alot in this video while the other guy kept attacking. How come Ben won?

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    ReignDropz

    April 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Searching around, I found some good info on the point grading.

    Gaining the "Mount position" is worth 4 points.
    This is where one competitor sits astride a prone opponent with both legs in a kneeling down position. The bottom competitor is lying on his back. This is considered highly advantageous in a vale tudo or streetfight situation, so is awarded accordingly.

    Gaining the "Rear Mount position" is worth 4 points.
    This is where one competitor sits astride a prone opponent, who is lying face down with both legs in a kneeling down position. This is considered highly advantageous in a vale tudo or streetfight situation, so is awarded accordingly.

    "Passing the guard" is worth 3 points.
    The guard is a position where one competitor lying on their back wraps their legs around their opponent who is often kneeling between the legs. Opponent is in "your" guard if the opponent is in between your legs. "Passing the guard" consists of getting out of the opponent's "guard" position (opponent with legs wrapped around your trunk) and going to the "cross-side" position or "side-mount" using various techniques. "Side-mount" position consists of one competitor lying prone on their back with their opponent on top in a relative perpendicular position keeping the bottom competitor down.

    "Takedown" is worth 2 points.
    Bringing down your opponent from the standing position using footsweeps, judo throws, tackles while you maintain an "advantageous" position.

    "Knee-on-stomach" position is worth 2 points.
    Often from the "cross-side" position, the competitor on top "jumps" up and places one knee on the bottom competitor's stomach to keep him down. From this position, the top competitor can choke and of course strike the face in a vale tudo or streetfight situation.

    "Sweeps" is worth 2 points.
    Using the legs to reverse the opponent in your guard to the bottom position while you get on top.

    So while it may have looked like Ben's opponent was in a more dominant position, Bendo was scoring more.

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    s2681043

    April 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    When I first watched the video i thought it was a jon fitch fight… then i read the title and realized i was wrong. woops.

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