Benson Henderson may not have MMA’s biggest fan base, as a run of decision wins have a way of firing up the critics, but that doesn’t change the fact “Smooth” has done just fine since arriving in the UFC. As he heads into this Saturday’s UFC 164 tilt with Anthony Pettis, Henderson has won seven straight fights and has defended the UFC lightweight belt three times now. If he’s able to avenge his 2010 loss to Pettis, one would think his list of detractors will be reduced, although, that likely depends on how the fight goes down.
Due to his recent successes one can understand why Henderson is feeling pretty confident these days, as not only does he plan to beat Pettis, but the champion is apparently mapping out when he’ll be able to defeat Anderson Silva’s current record for title defenses. The legendary fighter’s historic run as champ ended with 10 title defenses, thanks to the left hook of Chris Weidman at UFC 162. In a recent story from MMA Fighting.com, Henderson revealed that he hopes to set a new record sometime in “2016.”
“I should be able to break it by 2015, but because I’m getting married I’m going to take some time off for my honeymoon. That’s going to set me back by about three to four months. But I have it down exactly. I know when I’m going to break it. It’s going to be early 2016. I know what number I need to get. I know the amount of hard work it’s going to take for me to get there. I know how much I’ve got to get beat up, I know how much I’ve got to practice. I’m aware of it. I know it. Now my goal is to go out there and go do it.”
That’s an impressive and lofty goal to pursue, no question. Of course, first things first, and that’s Mr. Pettis, who’s shown on several occasions that he can end a fighter’s night, and win streak, in a matter of seconds.