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[VIDEOS] Ben Henderson Visits South Korea, Takes Taekwondo With the Children

(All videos courtesy of mfight.) 

After capturing the lightweight title at UFC 144 last Saturday in Japan, Benson “Smooth” Henderson swung over to South Korea along with his mother, where he received a hero’s welcome reminiscent of the glorious ending to Star Fox 64. Sure, it wasn’t quite as grandiose as the trumpet blaring fiesta Junior Dos Santos received in Brazil, but one can only show so much enthusiasm when guards armed with semi-automatic rifles stand just a few feet away.

As you may or may not know, Henderson’s mother is Korean, making Benson the second Korean blooded UFC champion in the promotion’s history (B.J. Penn being the first).

Check out some more musings from the land of Oldboy below.


Was I the only one hoping Ben would reenact that Enziguri kick he tried in the first round of the Edgar fight? And speaking of kicks, I must make note of the incredible 720 kick pulled off at 1:28 in the second video, as well as the kick ass, Match Game-esque soundtrack played throughout. Each is as inspiring as the other.

-J. Jones

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Sopapo- February 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm
never mind, ytou said champion. my bad !
Sopapo- February 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm
Hate to correct you guys but Dong Hyun Kim is korean ... how could you not know that? it's not like there are more than 10 asians doing well in the UFC-
FlyingGoGos- February 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Breakbot remix!
J. Jones- February 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Touche, kellyman.
kellyman- February 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Barely a fortnight since he became the Champ, but in my eyes, he'll be the champ for a fortnight to come.
HandsofGold- February 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm
Ben is a great guy, great Champ.