There are a litany of words and phrases in the mixed martial arts lexicon that are only thought of in negative terms, even though they’ve been used in the fight game for far longer than the sport has existed.Calling someone a “journeyman” is used to describe a veteran pugilist who was able to ply his trade for a great number of years, winning far more than he lost while getting the odd crack at a world title or former champion looking to make another run. Today, describing a competitor as such is considered a slight — a slap in the face to the hard working men and women who fit the same description, but refuse to be considered anything other than a couple fights away from being a world champion. Join DAZN and watch Bellator 220 on April 27“Against Adam, I’m really hoping — fingers crossed — that I can show off,” he said with a laugh, acknowledging how odd his statement sounded before elaborating. “I’ve been working hard with my striking coach, Eddie Cha, and I really feel like I haven’t had an opportune time to showcase what I’ve been working on. I work my butt off every single day, two times a day. I’ve been working on my wrestling, two different series of jiu jitsu on the ground, and I just want to show off what I’ve been working on. I want to go out there and showcase all the hard work I’ve put in.“For me, winning the fight comes from what you do when the cameras aren’t there; it’s behind the scenes, where there are no lights, no cameras, no crowd,” he added. “It’s about how much hard work you put in and who works harder — that’s who wins the fights. The fight itself, when the cameras are there, that’s your chance to show off and say, ‘You millions of people around the world watching this, look what I can do!’” Join DAZN and watch Bellator 220 on April 27The same goes for the idea of a “stay busy” fight, where someone in the mix squares off with someone a step or two behind them in order to avoid sitting on the sidelines for too long.You see them all the time in boxing and they’re referred to in those exact terms, but in MMA, suggesting an athlete is taking such a fight is viewed as a slight to their opponent because far too many people seem to want to take everything personally and conflate the idea of a “stay busy” fight with that of a “squash match,” a wrestling term used to describe a one-sided bout where a known performer goes over against an unknown with relative ease.This weekend at SAP Center in San Jose, Benson Henderson is stepping back into the cage for a “stay busy” fight when he takes on Adam Piccolotti on the main card of Bellator 220.“100 percent,” Henderson said when asked if this weekend’s matchup with Piccolotti was more about getting back in the cage than the name on the contract.The plan was initially to have Henderson face Brent Primus, but when the former lightweight champ encountered some headaches with the California State Athletic Commission and asked for the bout to be pushed back a couple of weeks, the 35-year-old veteran opted to keep the date and swap out opponents, as there are big things happening in the Henderson household in the coming weeks.“I have Baby No. 3 coming the week after this fight, so I couldn’t change dates,” said Henderson. “I’m not going to go fight a week or two weeks after my baby is born because that would be almost impossible. They came to me with this guy and I wanted to stay busy.”Who will be standing across the cage has never been much of a concern for Henderson, even during his championship days in the WEC and UFC. All he really needs is a location and a date and he’s game.And if you can keep him competing at a regular clip, well that’s even better.“I don’t care who it is; let’s go,” said Henderson, who earned consecutive victories over Roger Huerta and Saad Awad in 2018 before signing a new contract with Bellator MMA in November. “It’s April, the fourth month of the year, so hopefully I can get two more or three more in this year.“I want to stay busy. They brought Adam’s name to the table and I said, ‘Sure,’” he continued. “I didn’t know who he was. I had heard about him, but I didn’t care whose name they brought to the table. (No matter who it was, the answer was going to be the same): “‘Yes, sure. Sign me up; let’s go.’”At a time when so many competitors are being ultra-conservative when it comes to defending their titles, maintaining their place in the pecking order or charting their path to the top, Henderson is one of the last true gunslingers — a guy who is far more interested in fighting regularly against whomever is available, rather than taking the right fights, against the right people in order to climb the divisional ladder.It’s an approach forged in the competitive fires that continue to burn inside the 12-year veteran and represent the old school way he views the sport.“I’ve never been one of those guys who is going to hold out and wait for a title shot,” said Henderson, who carries a 26-8 record into this weekend’s main card assignment opposite Piccolotti. “If you want the belt, you’ve got to fight everybody that lines up in front of you. You have to prove yourself by beating them anyways, so what does it matter if you beat them before you have the belt or after you have the belt? You want to say you’re the best on the planet? Well, prove it by beating this person and that person. Beat everybody.“I want to beat everybody on the entire roster,” continued the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt, who fought for championship gold in two of his first three appearances inside the Bellator MMA cage. “If I beat everybody on the entire roster, that goes to show that I am the best. If I don’t have the belt around my waist, that would suck because I would prefer to have the belt around my waist, but if I keep beating everyone on the roster, what else can I do?”After a 1-3 start to his run with the company, Henderson finally opted to undergo surgery on the torn ACL he’d been fighting with for a number of years. Back at full strength, he earned a second-round submission win over Huerta last April before dominating Awad in October.Now he looks to keep that run of success going against the 30-year-old Piccolotti, who also picked up a pair of victories in 2018 and carries an 11-2 record in Saturday’s contest.