Benson Henderson won the UFC lightweight title and defended it three times before losing to Anthony Pettis. And if has it his way, beating Pettis will be how it gets his title back:
"For whatever the UFC rankings are worth -- we know how much those rankings are worth -- yes, I am No. 1 on the UFC rankings," Henderson tells me later, acknowledging that the number doesn't really mean much. When I ask about the cameraman's question, though, Henderson answers as casually as he did a half-hour before.
"I am the No. 1 contender. I am the ex-champ, I had the belt last. So yes, I am the No. 1 contender."
"When I get my belt back, I hope the man who has the belt still is Anthony Pettis," Henderson says thickly. "We'll see. I have no idea, but I'm getting my belt back. And if he's the one I'm taking it from, fine by me."
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