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Benson Henderson: “If you want the 155-pound belt in the next three years, you’re going to have to win it from me.”

Benson Hendesron v Nate DiazEntering his UFC on FOX 5 title-defense against Nate Diaz, lightweight champion Benson Henderson was seen as an exceptionally talented competitor but not necessarily the type of divisional king who would rule for long based on his razor-thin victories over Frankie Edgar. However, after putting on what was arguably the most impressive performance of his career by picking apart Diaz from start to finish, Henderson appears to have established himself as a legitimate force unlikely to taste defeat again for a long time.

Henderson discussed his showing against Diaz in a post-fight interview with Fuel TV where he admitted even he was surprised by how well he executed his gameplan against the always-dangerous Diaz.

“I really don’t like getting hit in the face. I try to avoid that as much as possible. I brought my ‘stunner shades’ actually, cause I thought I was gonna have some black eyes…but thankfully I don’t need em,” joked Henderson before getting a bit more serious, putting the lightweight pool on notice.

“If you want the 155-pound belt in the next three years, you’re going to have to win it from me. I’m not going anywhere,” boasted “Bendo”. “If you want to win that belt, you’re not going to win it from somebody else. You’re going to have to win it from me. I’m not going nowhere, guys.”

Check out the full interview with Henderson below where he discusses the origin of one of his newest weapons as well as having fought with a toothpick in his mouth…


  • MCM says:

    I posed this question in another thread, but who’s next for Bendo?

    Gilbert has some momentum from SF, but is he really ready for the top LW’s?
    Eddie is in talks with the UFC, but he’s in the same spot as Gilbert IMO.
    Maynard is coming off a win but is only 1-1-1 in his last three.
    There’s the winner of Petis/Cerone. Petis could make for a decent story line, but does anyone really want to see Donald/Benson III?
    Miller, Lauzon, TJ Grant, Wiman are all fighting each other and will step up the ranks with wins, but aren’t ready for title shots yet.

    This is the first time in a long time where there isn’t several clear contenders to the LW title.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Showtime makes for a good revenge story for Henderson, cowboy/Henderson did put on two great fights but I don’t know about a third. Gil sets up a good Ceasar Gracie revenge storyline if he gets signed by the UFC (i expressed why I say IF in the other thread) I kinda think it all hinges on Showtime/Cowboy, and what happens with the Eddie Gil thing

  • Midget says:

    Seems like all the title rematches that have taken place over the last while have caused a problem with the contenders. Every time a top contender got close to the number 1 position, they had to take another fight and got beaten. Ala Miller, Pettis, and to an extent Cerrone and Guida.
    Now the rematches are over, there’s certainly no one that stands out for the shot.
    Will probably go to the Pettis/Cerrone winner though.

  • Creature says:

    I have no problem with a Cerrone/Henderson 3 honestly. Both have improved quite a bit and both come to fight every single time so why not.


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