Thatch looking for quick finish

Of Thatch's 11 professional fights, he has won 10 in the first round, with the anomaly a three-round decision defeat to Brandon Magana.

The 29-year-old says that his penchant for finishing his opponents off quickly is not something he looks to achieve, but is a by-product of his style of fighting.

"The accumulation of fast stoppages, or wins, comes from me capitalizing on opportunities," he explained.

"It's not something I'm trying to force, or that I plan to happen. But at the same time, if I see an opening or an opportunity, I'm very quick to jump on it and I've been very good at capitalizing on it. That's definitely from my calculated striking, or calculated violence, which is something I've acquired through years of training."

"People ask me to describe my style and that's how I describe it," he added of "calculated violence".

"There are guys out there who are brawlers who throw big, wide, looping punches. I pride myself on being very calculated. A fight is violent, but it doesn't have to be just crazy swinging. When I'm done, I want people to look back and go, 'Man, that was pretty.' 

"It's violence, but it's methodical and calculated and based off the style of what I think it means to be a thoughtful, well-trained martial artist."

When Thatch faces Henderson on Saturday he will be turning out at UFC for the first time since beating Paolo Thiago in November 2013, having struggled with injury in recent times. 

Henderson has stepped up to the ring at short notice, agreeing to take part in the fight after Stephen Thompson withdrew due to injury.

Thatch is well aware that a fight against the former UFC lightweight champion is a big opportunity for him, and he's ready to make the most of it.

"He's doing something very good for me by taking this fight," said the Denver native.

"He has a name fans know and I've been a fan of his for a long time and enjoyed watching him fight. He's a known commodity; a guy people are familiar with and care about.

"I'm grateful he stepped up to the plate and took the fight, because this fight easily could have been scratched had he not done so. And then I'd have been sitting on the couch again and not had a fight."