The last man to hold the UFC lightweight title, Frankie Edgar, recently announced his drop down to featherweight where he’ll hope to find even more success against opponents with similar size to his own. The current champion, Benson Henderson, also sees a day when he’ll likely be testing his swimming skills in a different divisional pool, though not against 145 pounders for obvious reasons.
Henderson is one of the larger lightweights on the UFC’s roster, often having to don a towel at weigh-ins to make the required limit. At 28 years old, “Bendo” understands his physiology is not the same as it was during his collegiate wrestling days, and as a result he thinks he’ll probably wind up as a welterweight after a few more years at 155 pounds.
“I’m growing, but as far as maturing and getting thicker, I’m getting older right now, and it’s getting harder for me to lose the weight … and it’s harder for me to keep the weight off,” explained Henderson in an interview with MMAJunkie, joking, “All these desserts aren’t helping.”
The 17-2 Henderson then acknowledged he feels his future will almost certainly involve a run at 170, though he couldn’t predict exactly when the move up would occur.
For now, Henderson will continue preparing for a December 8 duel with Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 5 where he’ll defend his belt for the second time since winning it from Edgar. If he wins it will be Henderson’s sixth straight instance of success inside the Octagon.
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