5 Fights for Benson Henderson to Take Next
5 Fights for Henderson to Take Next
The UFC's lightweight division is possibly the most stacked division in terms of talent, yet it does not have one clear title contender. TJ Grant lost his place as No. 1 contender, when he had to pull out of his title match due to injury, yet with no other challenger for the title, he could very well find himself fighting for the belt on his return
Benson Henderson fought his way to a split decision victory over No. 1 lightweight contender Josh Thomson. The win alone does not give credit enough for a title shot, especially as the current champion Anthony Pettis has already beaten Benson twice.
Henderson, who boasts an impressive 20-3 record, continues to be mocked by fans, who claim that the former lightweight king can't finish opponents and plays it safe. In my opinion, Henderson has fought a collective of tough men in the UFC, and has a style that is always exciting to watch.
Henderson continues to be a frustrating fighter, who has found it difficult to get a dominant win streak in motion. However, Smooth is still one of the best fighters on the planet, who has the natural physical abilities to beat anyone in the division, as well as the hunger for evolution.
With Pettis out until around July time, Smooth has enough time to fit in another fight before the champions return. It's my personal belief that Henderson shouldn't be anywhere near the title picture for now, and should rack up a few more wins, and perhaps even a few finishes to get people interested in a third match with the champion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has been on a tear in the division, and has spent the last month searching for a highly ranked opponent after Nathan Diaz supposedly turned down their fight. Benson needs more wins under his belt, and even though he just beat a top five lightweight in Josh Thomson, a fight with Khabib could be a highly compelling bout.
Put this fight on a UFC Japan card. Takanori Gomi is coming off a split decision loss to Diego Sanchez, with many people thinking he should have come away with the victory. Gomi's rock solid chin and heavy hands would make a perfect main event in Japan against Benson Henderson. This fight doesn't make too much sense in the rankings, but it could be the dangerous fight that Benson needs.
The Winner of Melvin Guillard vs. Michael Johnson
Melvin Guillard will be facing the surging prospect Michael Johnson, who stepped in on short notice when original opponent Ross Pearson had to pull out. The winner of Guillard-Johnson will present a fun match for Bendo, and whilst most likely Benson will win, it would be a great test for either fighter.
The Winner of Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
Okay, this fight has not been announced, but how amazing would it be to witness? The two most exciting lightweight fighters in history locked in a cage together. Wow. Whoever wins the fight gets a ticket to fight Henderson, in what would be another exciting fight.
Rafael Dos Anjos
Dos Anjos is due a big fight at this point of his career, coming off a nice win streak, and recently beating Donald Cerrone to a pulp in their fight. Dos Anjos is an incredibly well-rounded fighter, who has a great chance of climbing to a title shot in a match against Henderson.