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Tuesday, 10/29/2013, 09:41 am

Ben Henderson wants to fight Rafael Dos Anjos next

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) has not fought since losing his title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in August.

After suffering his first loss in two years at the hands of “Showtime,” which ended his seven-fight win streak, “Smooth” wants a bout that will get him closer to another title fight.

The former WEC and UFC lightweight champ, Henderson, already has an opponent in mind, as he stated while a guest on “The MMA Hour:”

“Were not quite sure who it makes sense to match-up against. Who we want to ask to fight next, we are kind of leaning towards Rafael dos Anjos. We think it would be a good fight with him. It will be entertaining, good fight and the match-up works well for us. I don’t know if he has anyone scheduled in (to fight) or not. I think it might work. I agree with Chael Sonnen, you need to have a name in mind. I’m not going to go so low as to say, ‘Oh, I want to beat somebody up because they are so ugly.’ I think Rafael would be a good match-up, he’s a tough fighter, he’s on a five-fight win streak, I think it will be a good match-up.”

While Rafael may not have the biggest “name” in MMA, Henderson is correct in stating that dos Anjos does have a bunch of momentum behind him, as he is currently riding a 5-fight win streak.

During his current streak, dos Anjos holds victories over Mark Bocek, Evan Dunham and most recently Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Is this a match-up you would like to see put together by the UFC? Let’s hear it Penn Nation!



6 Responses to “Ben Henderson wants to fight Rafael Dos Anjos next”

  1. UFC 84 Forever says:

    Glad to hear from him and glad to hear he still has the fire. Let’s go, Bendo!

  2. john boy says:

    i think he’s picking an easy win against a guy who hasn’t fought any top five fighters in his weight class. but i do like that hes picking a guy on a little run but i feel he’s trying the easy way into another title fight. if i were him i would be going for melendez (again) or josh thompson or maybe even tj grant who is also on a five fight win streak and one of those wins is gray maynard

    • UFC 84 Forever says:

      Josh Thomson is already fighting for the title and I’m not sure if we’re 100% on when TJ Grant is going to be ready for action. As for Melendez it seems they want to fast track him for a titleshot so for the UFC it might not make sense to risk two title contenders or the next contender on that rematch. Henderson’s kind of left with few people to fight but I agree Rafeal is good but he’s not on that level yet.

  3. Thesire says:

    It does seem like an easy fight but I wouldn’t count dos anjos out. Honestly, I would kinda like to see khabib have a crack at a top five fighter, I know he’s asked for it.

  4. 757 says:

    Henderson wants to fight easy wins. He was a lame ass champ anyway

  5. Ddddddddd says:

    He knows he needs three or four wins to get him anywhere close to a title shot. The guy needs a finish.

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