GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Five months ago, as he prepared to fight lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 in Japan, Benson Henderson was a man with nothing to lose.
His victory over Edgar changed all that. Henderson has plenty to lose as he prepares for a rematch with Edgar at UFC 150 in Denver on Aug. 11.
But don't think that going from the hunter to the hunted has dramatically altered Henderson or his approach as he prepares for a second fight with Edgar.
"Once you have that belt, there's a bull's-eye on your back," said Henderson, who hadn't held a title since late 2010 with World Extreme Cagefighting. "When you have that bull's-eye on your back, it's a scary feeling, but it's a good feeling, too. It's something you need, something you need to use to drive and motivate you."
Henderson, who makes his training home at the MMA Lab in Glendale, said he knows a title belt can change fighters. They can become hesitant or nervous, too conscious of their status as a champion. Instead...