Benson Henderson plans to retire at 33

Saturday, April 20, 2013

At 28 years of age Benson Henderson captured the UFC lightweight title and has since defended successfully twice and will defend it again this weekend. Benson has a set plan to break the record of Anderson Silva for consecutive title defenses and then walk away from the sport:

“I’m definitely getting noticed more (fighting on FOX), that’s for sure. Everywhere we go, and it’s cool. Take the good with the bad, the pros with the cons. It’s nice. It’s not going to happen for the rest of my life. It’s going to happen for what? Two, three, four more years or so, then after that, you know, it’s not going to happen anymore …

Anderson’s at 10 [consecutive title defenses] now, I fight three more years, three fights each year that will put me at nine. I have two already – or one already then I’m done after that. I’m going to get one past his record. Fighting’s hard man, fighting’s tough. You’re getting beat up on the body – you saw me this morning in the weight room and stuff. It takes a toll on your body, so by the time I hit 33 I intend on retiring. I’m done after that.”

transcription by MMAMania.com…