Former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson will be taking on top UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller this weekend in what should prove to be the toughest fight of his professional career.
Since losing the WEC title to Anthony Pettis in an absolute classic of a match this past December, Henderson has rebounded with a victory over tough Canadian submission specialist Mark Bocek. Speaking during a recent UFC media conference call, Henderson admitted that he’ll be facing his toughest test to date in Miller, but that he’ll be ready to face the challenge.
“Jim Miller is definitely the toughest guy,” Henderson said, when asked if he felt that Miller would offer him his stiffest opposition yet. “He’s a wrestler, so I know he’ll bring that wrestling mentality to grind out and do whatever it takes to get [his] hand raised. I’m definitely expecting the toughest fight of my career. I’m expecting to go 15 minutes, hard, at an insane pace.”
A win for Miller will likely guarantee the New Jersey native a shot at the lightweight title, but it’s a little more unclear what the future will have in store for Smooth should he take home the victory. Miller is 9-1 in the UFC and currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, while Henderson just recently bounced back from a defeat and has only fought once in the promotion.
“To be honest, I have no idea about that,” Henderson said of title implications in this bout. “My coaches and manager do more thinking about that,” said Henderson. “I don’t really care. If you’re on the right track — if you’re getting your hand raised -– that’s the only thing that matters. Eventually, you’ll get the title.”