UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson served notice to the rest of the division Saturday night, picking Nate Diaz apart and earning his second successful title defense at UFC on Fox 5.
Henderson, who has been rumored for a move to welterweight, made sure to let everyone know he is not going anywhere – at least for a few more years.
“If they want the 155-pound belt in the next three years, they’re going to have to win it from me,” said Henderson, during the Fuel TV post-fight show. “I’m not going anywhere. If 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. I’m not going anywhere, guys.”
Henderson used his excellent wrestling to take Diaz down eight times, while fending off six takedown attempts by his opponent. “Smooth” was also effective with his striking, landing over 180 shots.
In an earlier training session, fellow UFC fighter Alex Caceres used a thigh-jab that was effective against Henderson. The fighter picked up the move, and used it several times to keep the longer Diaz at bay.
“I’ve got to thank Alex Caceres on that one. He came up to the MMA Lab and he did it to me and it actually hurt,” Henderson said. “I stole it from Alex and thank him very much. It was effective. I’m always trying to add new tricks, work on my fundamentals, and get better and improve.”
Henderson has several options awaiting him, as contenders Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis square off in early 2013. There is also the Gilbert Melendez card, as the Strikeforce lightweight champion is expected to sign with the UFC in the coming weeks.
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