“I definitely have long term goals and short term goals, but that has been my goal since I first got into fighting, period: Just to be the best fighter on the planet — no ifs, ands or buts about it. Not one of the best, not top three, top five, whatever — I want to be the best fighter in the world, period. That goal is still in my sights, I still wake up thinking about that. I don’t think me beating Frankie at all gets me anywhere near the conversation. I’d have to beat Frankie, then beat a couple other guys, defend the belt — what is Anderson up to? He’s up to like, twelve right now? Thirteen? After I beat Anderson’s record, whatever he stops at — fourteen times, fifteen times — after I beat that, then the conversation can begin.”
A confident Benson Henderson tells the media during last week’s UFC 144 pre-fight conference call that he will not be satisfied with just winning the title.
Wanting to call himself the best fighter in the world means not only obtaining the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar this weekend, but also defending his belt more times than Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has defended his.
Can he do it? Is Benson Henderson the next big thing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?
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