Ben Henderson isn’t planning on following in the footsteps of the likes of Rashad Evans.
Evans, who waited in line for his shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, only to become injured and see his former teammate take the spot and win the gold, is still seeking his shot.
No, Henderson, the former WEC champion, plans on taking any and all fights that are presented his way after toppling the former No. 1 contender, Jim Miller, last weekend.
“I want to fight everybody,” Henderson said. “Literally, I want to beat everybody on the 155-pound roster in the UFC. I want to smash everybody. I want everybody put on notice. I’m not coming for a belt. I’m coming to beat you.”
Henderson (14-2) lost his title to Anthony Pettis. Pettis, who was designated the No. 1 contender at lightweight, lost to Clay Guida, so Guida has staked a claim to face the winner of Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard.
“My job is to fight,” “Smooth” said. “I will say if Dana (White), Lorenzo (Fertitta), Sean (Shelby) and Joe (Silva) give me a title shot, I will take it and I will have a great performance. But if it’s not a title shot, that’s fine too. Going against the No. 1 contender, after you have that sort of performance against the No. 1 contender, what else is there? Not a close decision, not a squeak by…what’s the next logical step? There’s the winner of the title fight.”
Some had said a Henderson-Guida contest to determine the true next contender would make for an exciting fight, as both are full-speed-ahead fighters.
Regardless of what gets decided, Henderson will currently waiting on an X-ray to his elbow after the shots he delivered to Miller’s head. Also, with the Edgar-Maynard bout not taking place until October, the odds of another title contest finding the spot this year is slim-to-none.