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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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6 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    I think Bendo can be a dominant champion and I hope to see that Pettis rematch as well… sooner then later preferably.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I just hope whatever happens the LW division stops being a log jam with instant rematches.

    On an off topic note, this site is killing me on download limit with all the videos running now.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    I’m holding out for Edgar. He always ups his game on rematches.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Who’s trippin? Frankie is winning this fight.

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  • I think this will be just like last time, Close, but decisive for Bendo….I finally got to watch the first fight in its entirety last night, and I have no clue how Frankie thought he won. He landed alot of takedowns but did zero with them, and landed most of them off those brutal kicks Henderson landed, was battered and bloodied, and that was all before the upkick from hell. Ben is the first guy Ive ever seen that seemed to out cardio Frankie, and that in itself is scary.

    Both guys always improve, both guys are cardio freaks and both guys have outstanding diverse skillsets. While I think Ben takes this, I also think Nate Diaz better pray he doesnt. I think Frankie is a much easier fight for Nate(based on styles not skill) but neither guy would be an easy fight for Stocktons favorite son. I also prefer Ben wins to clear up all these rematch log jams. If its another close fight, we’ll get another rematch, and I’ll be pissed.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    If its another close fight, we’ll get another rematch, and I’ll be pissed.

    I’m predicting this happens, that if Frankie wins a UD/split, that Henderson gets a rematch to make it fair

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