On Saturday challenger Ben Henderson fights champion Frankie Edgar for the UFC Lightweight championship, live from Japan. During a recent teleconference, Bendo talked about his goals, which extend way beyond this weekend.
"I definitely have long term goals and short term goals, but that has been my goal since I first got into fighting, period: Just to be the best fighter on the planet -- no ifs, ands or buts about it. Not one of the best, not top three, top five, whatever -- I want to be the best fighter in the world, period. That goal is still in my sights, I still wake up thinking about that."
"I don't think me beating Frankie at all gets me anywhere near the conversation. I'd have to beat Frankie, then beat a couple other guys, defend the belt -- what is Anderson up to? He's up to like, twelve right now? Thirteen? After I beat Anderson's record, whatever he stops at -- fourteen times, fifteen times -- after I beat that, then the conversation can begin."
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