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UFC Quick Quote: After doing UFC a 'favor' at welterweight, Benson Henderson plans on lightweight division return

One night stand?

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

I told Joe Silva after the last fight, like I said, anybody, anytime, anywhere, let's do it. Then he texted me right before the Diaz and Anderson Silva fight, and he said, 'How serious are you about going to 170 and taking on anybody?' And I said I'm always down for something like that. He said, 'Two weeks, February 14 in Colorado, Brandon Thatch main event, what do you think?' and I said 'Sure, sign me up.' "

"We definitely know this is not a permanent move for me at 170. I will be going back down to 155. It was just Joe Silva and Dana White needed a favor. They asked me, 'We need a main event for this card,' and I said 'OK, I'm your guy, I can do that.' "

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Benson Henderson has long discussed a potential move to the welterweight division, and "Smooth" is finally getting what he asked for -- albeit on short notice to replace the injured Stephen Thompson -- in a main event tilt against highly touted prospect Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night 60, set for Feb. 14, 2015 inside the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

And yet, Henderson is asserting the fact (via FOX Sports) that his move to the 170-pound division is only a temporary "favor" for UFC brass, and he is still focused on re-attaining his belt in the 155-pound division.

While the MMA Lab product didn't rule out any possible future bouts in the welterweight division, it seems Henderson's next fight -- win or lose in Colorado -- will be in the lightweight division.

Good move?

Check out the latest and greatest UFC Fight Night 60: "Henderson vs. Thatch" fight card and rumors here.

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