After getting Showtime kicked en route to losing his WEC lightweight title last December, it didn’t look like Benson Henderson would soon be in any position close to challenging for the UFC 155lbs. championship. Now, just under a year after that fight and after knocking off the previous number one contender, Henderson is poised to battle Clay Guida, a longtime UFC lightweight staple, for a shot at Frankie Edgar early next year.
Speaking with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani this week, Henderson revealed his plan to out-intense the most intense fighter in the division, to put Guida’s vaunted cardio to the test in order to break him.
“He’s used to being the bully and dancing around, being more intense than his other opponents, pushing the pace, relying on his cardio,” said Henderson. “I’m gonna push the pace in this fight. I’m gonna see how good your cardio really is. Let’s find out.”
Having made his UFC debut in 2006, Guida has hovered near the top of the division throughout his tenure with the promotion, but never stayed in the win column long enough to earn a shot at the belt. However, the 29-year-old Big Lebowski enthusiast is now riding a four-fight winning streak that includes victories over Takanori Gomi and Anthony Pettis and finds himself knocking at the door for a title shot. Guida also spoke with Helwani this week, saying that, without a doubt, the number one contender will emerge from tomorrow night’s scrap.
“I want to legitimize who the number one contender is. Saturday night’s gonna tell the tale,” said Guida. “You’re gonna see two high-paced individuals in there, a great athlete in Ben Henderson, an unorthodox, kinda crazy guy in myself out there with a lot of heart. I make up for my skill set with go, go, go.”
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos goes down tomorrow night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. FightLine will be back beginning approximately 4:45pm ET tomorrow with live, ongoing coverage of the event beginning with the preliminary card.
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