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Saturday, 11/26/2011, 06:45 am

UFC NEWS – Benson Henderson Has Welterweight Aspirations


“155 is my weight class and I’m going to own it. I want 55 to be synonymous with myself, I want to be synonymous with the 55-pound weight class, but that being said, the older you are the harder it is to cut weight. I’m getting a little bit older now and cutting weight sucks… There’s a few guys who’ve said things pretty similar as far as cutting weight when you get older, how hard it is. Dan (Henderson) is a perfect example. He’s wrestled forever. I wrestled and cut weight six months, seven months out of the year since I was 12 years old. It’s kind of getting old. I don’t like it so much anymore. It is hard on the body. People don’t realize how much of a factor it is. Thankfully, I hired a nutritionist, Travis Jeffries, full time and been a little bit smarter about it. As I get older, I eat healthier, try to eat the right things, make all these little sacrifices that it takes to be a champion… Hopefully, eventually my technique catches up where I can hang with guys that are freaking 20 pounds heavier than me, and use more of my speed when they’re bigger and slower, and my technique makes up for them being stronger than me.

UFC lightweight fighter, Benson Henderson tells mmaweekly.com that he eventually see’s himself moving up in to the UFC’s welterweight division.

Former lightweight such as BJ Penn and Matt Serra have made the jump up and won 170 pound titles in the process. However, other guys like Duane Ludwig and Diego Sanchez have failed to ascend through the welterweight rankings.

Will Henderson be able to make a successful trip up or will he go from contender to gatekeeper?


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