Benson Henderson could make history

Apr 20, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Benson Henderson (left) fights Gilbert Melendez (right) during the lightweight championship bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

UFC Lightweight champion Benson “Smooth’ Henderson said he wants to be the one to break Anderson Silva’s record-setting 10 successful title defenses.

Although Henderson may have a long way to go to break the “The Spider’s” record, he does have a chance to make history in the UFC’s 155-pound division.

Henderson is scheduled to defend the lightweight title against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the main event of UFC 164. He has already made three successful title defenses, which ties the for the record set by B.J. Penn back in 2009. If Henderson retains the belt, it will be his fourth consecutive successful title defense, which will break the current record.

Pettis and Henderson have history with each other. Back in 2009, at the final WEC event, Showtime defeated Henderson in a Fight of the Year-caliber match to become the final WEC Lightweight champion. Since the merger between the WEC and UFC, fans have been waiting until the day these two would rematch.

Although Pettis and Henderson have taken separate paths in the UFC so far, fans knew that it would only be a matter of time before they faced each other again.

If Henderson does retain the championship and breaks the record, he still has seven more title defenses before he truly breaks Silva’s record, which begs the question, who should he face if he retains the lightweight championship?

Who do you think will win the rematch between Silva and Weidman? Answer with a comment below, send a tweet to @alstover or email me [email protected]

Topics: Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson, MMA, UFC, UFC 164

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