The ink is barely dry from Benson Henderson (Pictured) rewriting the mixed martial arts history books, but that hasn’t stopped the freshly-minted UFC lightweight champion from wanting to etch his name among the greatest fighters to ever grace the Octagon’s canvas.
Less than an hour after dethroning Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, and well before Henderson has put his crown up for grabs for the first time, he expressed his desire to go down as the baddest hardware holder in company history.
“I want to defend [the title] however many times Anderson Silva defends his, plus one,” Henderson revealed at the post-fight press conference of topping the reigning middleweight king’s record-setting run.
As the old adage goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Unfortunately for Henderson, the controversy surrounding who gets first dibs at his belt looms as large as whether he should have been awarded with the controversial unanimous decision win over Edgar to begin with.
Nonetheless, whether it’s an immediate rematch against “The Answer,” the opportunity to avenge his highlight-reel loss to “Showtime” or any other formidable 155-pounder, Bendo is ready to prove his mettle.
“Whoever it happens to be, whether it’s Frankie again, I’m down for that,” Henderson matter-of-factly stated. “Anthony Pettis, I see you doing big things, making waves – great fighter, very spectacular. If it happens to be Anthony, then so be it. Whoever it is, I’m okay with it. Sounds good to me.
“I believe there’s a long list of guys, Nate [Diaz], Jim [Miller], Frankie, Anthony, let’s do it. Every single one of them.”