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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.”