Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson is a little perplexed as to why the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is up in arms over his recent comments about reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
"Bendo" said (read it here) that he plans on breaking "The Spider's" consecutive win record.
He's certainly off to a good start, having gone 5-0 inside the Octagon since transitioning from the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion in early 2011. The only knock on his UFC career is that in five wins, he has yet to secure a finish.
"Smooth" breaks it down for MMA Weekly:
"I think it's good to have goals. For some reason I caught a lot of slack when I said I wanted to break Anderson Silva's record and people were saying, ‘Oh, you're ridiculous for thinking that. You can't beat Anderson Silva's record. You haven't defended your belt one time. You're silly. What are you talking like that for?' It's like wow guys, you guys are really mad at me for having longterm goals? I want to be the best ever and one of my goals is to break Anderson's record for title defenses. I'm sorry, I apologize if I offended you somehow, but I do have longterm goals, I like to set my goals high and then go out and get them done,"
Henderson (17-2) has a chance to continue his march into the record books when he defends his 155-pound strap against division number one contender Nate Diaz, who looks to play spoiler at the UFC on FOX 5 event on Dec. 8, 2012 from the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
A rematch against the last man to defeat him, Anthony Pettis, looms on the horizon, depending on how well "Showtime" does in his future fight against Donald Cerrone. Until then, all we can do is watch and wait. Anyone think he's got the chops to break what is currently a 16-fight winning streak from the Brazilian middleweight?