Benson Henderson has lots of potential opponents and goals to match. One goal is to break UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s title defense record.
“I’m going to continue to work hard to reach my goals,” said Henderson to Bleacher Report. “Anderson is now at 10 title defenses so my goal is to get 11. If he gets another title defense then I’ll have to set my goal even higher. Those are the goals I set and reaching that goal is not just about setting the record. Reaching that goal is about confirming I am the best fighter on the planet.”
Some have labeled Silva as the pound-for-pound best in the world, since he currently has 16 consecutive wins in the UFC and has defended the middleweight title 10 times. He looks to extend his record against Chris Weidman at UFC 159 on July 6. That goes down in Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center.
Henderson has two defenses, one to former champion Frankie Edgar and the other to Nate Diaz in December. He returns at UFC on FOX 7 when he meets the final Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. That is on April 20 and comes from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.