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Benson Henderson: “I want to fight EVERYBODY in the division. I want to beat EVERYBODY.”

UFC lightweight Benson Henderson will defend his divisional belt for the first time this Saturday night against former title-holder Frankie Edgar, yet it seems some fans and members of the media are already looking beyond this weekend’s main event at UFC 150 and chalking it up as a win for the 28-year old champion. In that vein, Henderson was asked to address a few of his other 155-pound peers in relation to potential match-ups during a pre-show press conference this week where, after offering up some assessments, “Bendo” made it clear he could care less who his opponents are so long as they’re deserving of the opportunity.

Nate Diaz, he’s a tough fighter. He’s good. He brings it every time he fights,” replied Henderson initially before talk turned to Anthony Pettis (who beat him for the WEC strap a few years back).

“At some point in time Anthony and I will dance inside the cage again. Before he retires, before I retire, we will dance in the cage again. That being said, it’s on him, (it’s) his job to get to the UFC belt level. It’s not my job to wait for him or open the doors up for him,” Henderson explained on Pettis. “He’s great. He’s a great fighter. I take my hat off to him. I’m a big fan of his. But it’s not up to me to say, ‘Wait, stop…this guy…he’s next. He’s next.’ That’s not my job. My job is to beat whoever they put in front of me.”

“I want to fight EVERYBODY in the division. I want to beat EVERYBODY,” Henderson emphatically concluded.

Before worrying about anyone else, Henderson will have to take Edgar out this weekend. The two went back and forth this past February with Henderson emerging with a hard-fought decision win. The loss was Edgar’s first in nearly four years.

Check out highlights from the UFC 150 presser below:

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