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New UFC Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson Wants To Be The Best Ever

For Benson Henderson, winning the UFC lightweight title in a war with Frankie Edgar won’t be enough. The former WEC champ wants to go down as one of the greatest to ever fight inside the Octagon.

Henderson used his effective striking to claim a decision victory over Edgar Saturday night in the main event of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson from Saitama, Japan. His first title defense will likely come against Anthony Pettis, the last man to defeat “Smooth.”

“I want to defend it however many times Anderson Silva defends his, plus one,” said Henderson, at the post-fight press conference with a smile. “Whoever it happens to be, whether it’s Frankie again, I’m down for that. Anthony Pettis, I see you doing big things, making waves, great fighter, very spectacular. If it happens to be Anthony, then so be it.”

Henderson mentioned Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, Edgar and Pettis as all worthy challengers to his belt. Diaz and Miller meet later this year, while Edgar questioned not receiving an immediate rematch during the press conference.