UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson is only a few days removed from the biggest victory of his career, winning the title from Frankie Edgar over the weekend in a highly-entertaining headliner at UFC 144. However, a couple of years ago “Bendo” was little more than a young up-and-coming fighter out of Arizona who dreamt of stepping foot inside the Octagon.

To help facilitate the process Henderson decided to throw his name in the hat during casting for the Ultimate Fighter Season 9.

“I fought my way through the smaller shows. Now it’s my time to dance underneath the big lights. I will win the Season 9 Ultimate Fighter and I will fight for the title. You’re looking at the future lightweight champion of the UFC,” said Henderson in recently released audition tape.

Though he was not selected, instead watching Ross Pearson eventually win the season’s lightweight trophy, Henderson’s submission was apparently impressive enough to convince Zuffa to sign him to WEC’s roster and the rest, as they say, is history.

Check out Henderson’s audition below: