Can Benson break Silva’s UFC title defense record?
Anderson Silva won the UFC middleweight title in October of 2006, a first round stoppage of then champion Rich Franklin. Silva has since won fourteen consecutive bouts, ten of those being defense of his title.
Benson Henderson won the UFC lightweight title in February of 2012 and has since defended the belt two times. Henderson however is not content with just being the champion, and has lofty goals for his career as he recently told Duane Finley of B/R:
“I’m going to continue to work hard to reach my goals,” Henderson told Bleacher Report. “Anderson is now at 10 title defenses so my goal is to get 11. If he gets another title defense then I’ll have to set my goal even higher. Those are the goals I set and reaching that goal is not just about setting the record. Reaching that goal is about confirming I am the best fighter on the planet. I just want to be the best fighter on the planet. There have been plenty of fighters—who at the time were known as the best fighter on the planet—but they didn’t have a 10-title defense streak and didn’t have all the records.
“I feel at one time BJ Penn was definitely the best fighter on the planet. Did he have a 10-fight win streak? No he didn’t. Did he have an undefeated streak where he won 16 fights in a row? No he didn’t. But at the same time, everyone knew and understood he was the best fighter in the world.
“I feel having that streak is my way of cementing the fact I am the best fighter on the planet. That is ultimately my goal. If it comes by winning a bunch of fights in a row and having an amazing win streak, then cool. I’ll take it. I guess I don’t really have to have that, but it is my ultimate goal. I want to be the best fighter I can be and be the best fighter on the planet.”
So Underground, what do you think of Benson’s goals? Anderson Silva’s streak seems almost untouchable, but do you think it can matched? Beaten?