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Ben Henderson contemplating future run at welterweight

Ben Henderson has his sights set on nothing but the UFC lightweight title right now, as “Smooth” will face off with 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar in February at UFC 144.

However, Henderson knows that the lightweight division is not a permanent fixture for him, especially considering the rough weight-cuts that he puts his body through before each fight.

For Henderson, welterweight looks like a good fit – just not in the immediate future.

“I want 155 to be synonymous with myself. I want to be synonymous with the 155-pound weight class, but that being said, the older you are the harder it is to cut weight,” said Henderson during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “I’m getting a little bit older now and cutting weights sucks.”

Henderson, who is just 28 years old, brought up Dan Henderson, a former wrestler much like himself. “Hendo” has bounced around from middleweight to light heavyweight for much of his career, but has spoken many times about preferring to stay at 205 pounds, which is a weight he walks around at.

“There are a few guys who’ve said things pretty similar as far as cutting weight when you get older, how hard it is. Dan is a perfect example,” Henderson said. “He’s wrestled forever. I wrestled and cut weight six months, seven months out of the year since I was 12 years old. It’s kind of getting old. I don’t like to so much anymore.”

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3 COMMENTS
  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I have been extremely impressed with BH ever since I watched him fight Shane roller in the Wec-His will to win is very apparent during his fights-I think the sky is the limit for him-The only thing with the WW division is that the guys there are only going to get bigger and t come fight night-Weight cutting is becoming more and more of a factor as these guys hire these “nutritionists” that magically can put twenty plus pounds on your frame in a little over a 24 hour period

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  • edub says:

    Charlie Brennamen, Anthony Johnson, Josh Koscheck, Johnny Hendricks, Mike Pierce, Jake Ellenberger, GSP, Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, Woodley, Askren, and at some point Jordan Burroughs.

    That list doesn’t even have Penn, Condit, Kampman, or Diaz on there who would all also be favored against him.

    Ben needs to realize that size advantage he brings in to fights, is one of his biggest assets. He would be screwed against the bigger (better) wrestlers of the 170lb division.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I think Ben’s biggest asset is that he is made of rubber.

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