At today’s UFC on Fox 3 press conference, UFC president Dana White declared the winner of the Nate Diaz-Jim Miller matchup to be the next in line for a lightweight title shot, should Frankie Edgar drop to featherweight — ignoring the promotion’s previous declaration that Anthony Pettis would get the next title shot.
So, we aren’t really sure at all who we’ll be seeing Henderson face next, beyond the fact that it’s probably limited to that group of four (and there’s always the wild card: Gilbert Melendez), and neither does he. Fortunately for the champ, as he recently explained on HDNet’s Inside MMA, he wants to fight them all anyway.
“All of ’em,” Henderson replied when asked who’d he’d most like to face next. “Line ’em up, one after another. Every single one of ’em. I want all of ’em. I wanna defeat every single 155lbs guy on the roster of the UFC.”
However, between the two previously apparent frontrunners, Frankie Edgar and Anthony Pettis, Henderson sees the former champ as the more deserving of the two contenders.
“I definitely understand where Frankie’s coming from, having to give two rematches,” he said. “I don’t wanna be the guy where people say, ‘Oh, Henderson was afraid to give Frankie a rematch and he had to give two rematches.’ I don’t wanna be the champ who that’s talked about or that’s said. Anthony Pettis, he has his statement. He has a win over Jeremy Stephens, a split decision. One quality win over Joe Lauzon, who’s a tough opponent. But, other than that, not a lot of depth to his UFC career. But, you know, whoever it is, it doesn’t matter. I’ll take ’em all on.”
Henderson took the belt with a controversial decision over Edgar last month at UFC 144 in Japan.