The WEC’s merger with the UFC brought in some exciting new MMA fighters to the promotion’s lightweight division. Ben Henderson is one of those WEC imports to the lightweight division, and he’s already making a name for himself in the UFC.
Henderson lost his WEC lightweight title in his last fight before the merger, but he didn’t let it affect his confidence coming into the UFC. Henderson easily won his UFC debut against Mark Bocek, but it was his performance against Jim Miller at “UFC Live 5,” that threw him into the title conversation.
Coming into the fight, Miller was considered to be next in line for a shot at the UFC lightweight title (Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III was already official at that point). It wasn’t the fact that Henderson beat a top contender in his second fight with the UFC that impressed many fans, but rather the one-sided nature of the bout.
Henderson dominated Miller for the entire duration of the MMA contest, earning himself a shot at UFC veteran Clay Guida. Both men will meet inside the Octagon at “UFC on Fox 1,” and the winner is expected to get a shot at current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
“There’s a world of pressure to get that ‘W’ and that’s how I feel going into all my fights,” Henderson told MMAWeekly Radio. “No. 1 contender spot, or whatever, it doesn’t matter. That’s how I approach all my fights… I think you almost have to look at every fight that way. Every fight you have, literally, and I can’t over stress enough how important it is just to win.”
Henderson will be the favorite going into the contest, and he shouldn’t have any problems winning his third straight fight in the UFC.
Henderson has the tools needed to get past anyone in the lightweight division, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see the belt around his waist within a year. Without a question, Ben Henderson is the most dangerous WEC import in the UFC’s lightweight division, and he should be very successful in the promotion.