It’s been nearly two months now since Benson Henderson lost the lightweight title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164, and as the fighter continues to recover from the armbar loss, it remains to be seen who he’ll fight next. Considering Henderson defended the belt three times and is ranked as the UFC’s #1 lightweight, chances are he’ll fight a top contender next.
Well, Henderson appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour“, and the 29 year-old fighter had this to say about a possible next opponent.
“We’re kind of leaning towards Rafael dos Anjos,” Henderson said. “We think it would be a good fight with him, entertaining, a good fight, and I think the match-up works well for us. I don’t know if he has anybody scheduled or not.”
It’s a fight that would make sense no? Considering dos Anjos has won five straight fights, just defeated Donald Cerrone and is ranked #6? Although dos Anjos recently relayed he wants to fight TJ Grant next, as a way to help his title shot effort, a win over Henderson would certainly do the same.
Henderson was also asked about the possibility of fighting Melendez again, who he defeated by split decision in April at UFC on FOX 7. It doesn’t sound like, however, that “Smooth” is too interested.
“I will admit my initial impression is, Gilbert, I’m not really too interested in rematches,” he said. “To get my title back? I’ll do any rematch, I’ll fight somebody ten times, doesn’t matter. But not too interested in rematches…I guess the drive, the desire is not there, whatever you want to call it.”
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