Benson Henderson doesn’t just want a win against Frankie Edgar. He wants to make history.
“Every fight I have is going to be the fight of my life, the fight of my career. This is going to be the career defining moment for the rest of my life,” Henderson told the UFC in his pre-fight interview.
He will get his chance at the UFC lightweight belt February 26 at UFC 144 in Japan. Coming off key wins over Jim Miller and Clay Guida, “Smooth” wants to make a statement in his biggest test to date.
“I don’t care about winning rounds. I want to win the fight. I want to end the fight. That’s what I do,” said Henderson.
The lightweight challenger has finished 11 of his 15 wins, but he’ll be taking on a fighter who has never been stopped. Never one to underestimate his opponent, Henderson acknowledges the talent that he is up against.
“Frankie’s a really smart fighter. I think his camp does a really great job.
I think they’re very strategic,” Henderson commented.
A win would be the first linear UFC title for a WEC alum and earning it in a stacked lightweight division would make the achievement all the more impressive. Henderson appears up for the challenge.
“I want to be the best 155 pound fighter in the world, period.”