Benson Henderson determined to win UFC belt back ... somehow

Whether it's through Anthony Pettis or another fighter, Benson Henderson wants the UFC lightweight...

Whether it's through Anthony Pettis or another fighter, Benson Henderson wants the UFC lightweight championship back. (USA Today)

Daniel Austin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

Benson Henderson is in a unique position these days, and it's not one any fighter would be particularly happy with.

The former lightweight champion has beaten every fighter he’s crossed paths with. Except for Anthony Pettis.

Both times Henderson has squared off with the current champion he’s come out on the losing end. In their most recent fight, last year at UFC 164, Henderson didn’t last a round.

As a result, Henderson is in no-man’s land. He’s the clear No. 1 contender in the division, but there aren’t many fans out there clamouring for a round three with Pettis.

Instead, Henderson will headline Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Tulsa card against Rafael dos Anjos. He will either end the Brazilian’s hopes of a title shot or slide further away from the title fight against Pettis he so badly wants.

“I’m going to get my belt back,” Henderson told MMA Junkie this week.


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