UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has always been vocal about his desire to put his name next to pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva’s when it comes to consecutive title-defenses and overall success inside the Octagon. However, one area of Silva’s career Henderson is hoping to avoid emulating pertains to age.
Though Silva has continued to compete at a high level despite approaching 40, Henderson has no interest fighting for that long and recently told MMAFighting he expects to retire before even getting into his mid-30s.
“Fighting’s hard, man. Fighting’s tough… It takes a toll on your body. So by the time I hit 33 I intend on retiring. I’m done after that. And then I go on to my second career,” revealed the 29-year old Henderson. “Be a college wrestling coach or something.”
“I have some pretty lofty long-term goals. Me fighting is just a small part of my life. I have a long life after that. I want to move on, go do some other stuff,” he concluded. “But before that I have some goals in fighting I want to accomplish first.”
One of those objectives involves beating Gilbert Melendez tonight at UFC on FOX 7 and retaining his divisional strap for the third time. “Bendo” is currently 6-0 in the Octagon, nine shy of the record Silva currently holds and will attempt to build on in July when he sees action against Chris Weidman.
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