Benson Henderson Warns Contenders in Lightweight Division – “I’m Not Going Nowhere”

December 9, 2012
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Benson Henderson at the UFC 150 weigh-insBenson Henderson had to truly work his way to getting a UFC lightweight title shot, and now that he’s got the belt and defended it twice, he has a very simple message to the rest of the division.

If you want the 155lb title, you’re going to have to go through him first because he’s not going anywhere.

Normally a very soft-spoken fighter who avoids trash talk of any kind, Henderson put a very emphatic stamp on his reign as champion last night with a dominant decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 5. Outside of a couple submission attempts, Diaz was never in the fight against Henderson, who got the best of him at every turn.

Now with his title reign solidified, Henderson isn’t worried about what’s next, who’s next or how many lightweight challengers call him out.

Henderson says earn a title shot and then come try and take the belt from him.

“The list of guys is so long really. I heard a little bit of talk about these guys thinking I was going to lose, and Nate was better than me. You’re entitled to your opinion, you can think whatever you want to think,” said Henderson when speaking to Fuel TV.

“But if you want the 155lb belt in the next three years, you’re going to have to get it from me. I’m not going nowhere.”

The list of contenders mostly points at two potential fights for Henderson. First there’s Anthony Pettis, the last fighter to defeat Henderson when they battled as a part of the final WEC show.

He next fights Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC on Fox 6 in January, and with a win he could all but lock up his spot against Henderson.

The other name on the list is Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez who will end up in the UFC at some point in early 2013. He’s currently sidelined by a shoulder injury that prevented him from fighting at the final Strikeforce show in January.

Once he arrives in the UFC, Melendez would automatically become a very intriguing challenger to Henderson’s title.

Whether it’s Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, or anybody else at 155lbs, Henderson welcomes the challenge, but has no plans of relinquishing the belt for a long, long time.

“You want to win that belt? You’re not going to win it from somebody else, you’re going to have to win it from me,” said Henderson. “I’m not going nowhere.”

  • L A

    NOW THAT BENDO HAS BEATEN A DIAZ BROTHER. CAN YOU SAY THAT EVERYONE WHO HAD NO FAITH IN HIM. LOOK AT HIM NOW HIS FAITH IN GOD AND HIS TRAINING TEAM WILL KEEP HIM ON TOP AND CHAMPION AS LONG AS HE WANTS TO BE. SO, MANY BLESSINGS TO HIM.

    • http://www.facebook.com/austin.barker.37 Austin Barker

      Why does a holy roller always have to stick their nose into things? Save it for mass baby boy.

    • Kris-tyahn

      WHY SO ANGRY/LOUD?!? His faith & god had/have NOTHING to do with his performance, it’s his training & discipline that kept him Champ.
      FYI: I have no problem with faith/religion …. well I do, but not in this case. The guy is religious, good for him, I do not like or dislike him any more or less for being a religious man.

  • Steve

    “Not going nowhere”. Does that mean he is going somewhere, he’s only going some places?

    • http://www.facebook.com/austin.barker.37 Austin Barker

      Yeah he and so many other lunkheads are going to a literacy class. So tired of grade school grammar and ebonics. It’s anywhere not nowhere. And it’s I saw not I seen. Stop talking like illiterate fools.

  • Booker T

    Loved seeing a Diaz getting his butt kicked.

    • Alkis Dadinopoulos

      complexic much?

      • Booker T

        through the back door much?

  • Mark McDowall

    I would like to see him fight Melendez so he can whoop his ass like he did Nate. And then everyone can stop saying he’s a top 3 155’er.

    I think Pettis will be a better fight, but he has to get past Cerrone first.

  • Gerard carruthers

    Did everybody forget about Eddie Alvarez

  • Gerard carruthers

    Did everybody forget about Eddie Alvarez

    • Kris-tyahn

      Nope, why would we? One, he’s not in the UFC, nor is he guaranteed to be in the UFC, so why should be talking about him? Two, he’s got an impressive record, but who has he fought that would make anyone believe he can hang with the any 5 or even top 10 LW’s in the UFC?
      Just like Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, Hector Lombard & even Pettis (who lost to Guida) fighters who were “great” in other organizations, doesn’t necessarily translate to success when they move to the UFC & fight the best of the best. Eddie Alvarez & Gilbert Melendez might be Champs in their respective organizations, but they’re still not fighting the best LW’s in the world, not even close.

      • Drock420

        Ben Henderson came from the WEC & former WEC champ before he came to the UFC. I know you were making your point with Alvarez which I agree with. But im just saying theres other examples where fighters that come into the UFC from other organizations do have success in the UFC.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    To bad Maynard is out; I’d like to see them go at it. A rematch with Pettis would be nice as well if he gets past Cowboy. I love Cowboy and all but I don’t want to see that fight again. But any fight with Benson is pretty interesting.