Benson Henderson relayed a couple months ago that he planned to move to welterweight, but as his bout with Donald Cerrone approaches, it looks like the lightweight’s changed his mind.
Following Henderson’s stoppage loss to Rafael dos Anjos last August, the former lightweight champ said his days at 155 were likely coming to an end. But, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently about his UFC Fight Night 59 scrap with Donald Cerrone, Henderson relayed:
“I like ’55; I think ’55’s my weight class. If there were some good, intriguing, nice matchups at ’70, like talking about getting a title shot immediately, or ‘If you beat this guy, you get a title shot,’ I would be open to that.”
“It does get a little bit harder and harder to make weight the older I get,” Henderson said. “Getting down to ’55 is definitely not a fun process. It takes a toll on your body. All that being said, we’ll see.”
At the end of the day, only Henderson knows which weight class is best for him. That said, if he goes out and defeats the #3 ranked Cerrone on January 18th, then “Smooth” will be right back in the title shot mix.
Henderson holds two wins over Cerrone, as he decisioned “Cowboy” in their first WEC meeting, and then submitted him in the rematch.
UFC FN 59 will be hosted by the TD Garden Arena in Boston, and will feature rising featherweight Conor McGregor taking on Dennis Siver.