With former WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s win over Jim Miller at “UFC Live 5,” the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 155 lb division just got even more interesting.
Few thought Henderson would be in the title conversation with only a two fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but the MMA fighter has done just that, completely manhandling the division’s number one contender at “UFC Live 5.”
“To be honest with you, I’m not really sure [where I rank],” Henderson said in an interview with MMAJunkie.com. “It’s not really my place to say, ‘Oh, I’m this guy – No. 7, No. 10, No. 21.’ It doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to get my hand raised. I’ll do my talking inside of the cage. I think the top guys are Guida, Guillard and myself.”
With wins in 12 of his last 13 MMA fights, Henderson clearly deserves a shot at the UFC’s lightweight title.
Miller was previously the most likely candidate to face the winner of the Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard matchup at UFC 136, set for October 8. With Henderson’s dominant performance at “UFC Live 5,” it’s safe to say the 27 year old MMA fighter has stolen Miller’s shot.
The UFC will now have a tough decision to make, given how stacked the lightweight division is right now. MMA veteran Melvin Guillard has been impressing fans lately, coming off an impressive first round knockout of WEC convert Shane Roller.
MMA veteran Clay Guida also injected himself into the title conversation, with his win over the last WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at the “Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.”
All three MMA fighters are somewhat deserving of a title shot, but Henderson might have the slight advantage over Guillard and Guida. All three UFC fighters have had some impressive performances recently, but Henderson has faced some very tough MMA fighters.
One thing’s for sure, the winner of the UFC 136 bout between Edgar and Maynard won’t have much time to relax.