Anderson Silva is the most dominant champion in the history of the UFC, having successfully defended his middleweight title ten consecutive times. Not all is Benson Henderson planning on beating that record, he has already determined when it will happen:
Since the beginning, Henderson considered Silva to be a role model, an inspiration. He spoke early and often of one day becoming Silva's equal, then surpassing his hallowed record for consecutive UFC title defenses. Back then the mark seemed endless. After all, Silva wasn't going to lose anytime soon.
But he did. And now the number is set in stone. 10 title defenses.
"I'm going to break it in 2016," Henderson declares within the locker room of Glendale's MMA Lab. The statement seemingly comes out of nowhere, but Henderson's voice is steady.
"I should be able to break it by 2015, but because I'm getting married I'm going to take some time off for my honeymoon. That's going to set me back by about three to four months. But I have it down exactly. I know when I'm going to break it. It's going to be early 2016. I know what number I need to get. I know the amount of hard work it's going to take for me to get there. I know how much I've got to get beat up, I know how much I've got to practice. I'm aware of it. I know it. Now my goal is to go out there and go do it."