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Ben Henderson's TUF 9 audition video tape: 'You're looking at the future lightweight champion of the UFC'

Here's a newsflash for all the keyboard warriors who yelled "I called it!" when Ben Henderson won the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title by defeating former champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 back on Feb. 25 in Japan.

No, no you didn't.

You know who did call it? Ben Henderson. In fact, he went on record in the above audition tape to tell the ZUFFA brass that he was going to win The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 9, then go on to claim the promotion's 155-pound strap.

They weren't convinced.

He might have even won TUF 9 -- had the promotion felt he was a right fit for the former Spike TV reality show. Instead, he was passed over for the likes of Santino DeFranco, Jason Dent, Cameron Dollar and Richie Whitson.

It should be noted that being rejected for TUF isn't always an indication of how the promotion perceives a fighter's talent. Edgar was also turned down in his quest to join the cast of season five.

Still it's hard not to wonder how things would have unfolded with a "Smooth" run in the TUF house. Ben Henderson vs. Ross Pearson? Or Andre Winner? We'll never know.

See how far "Bendo" has come by clicking here.

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