Benson Henderson needs to be in the UFC

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MMA-San
7/15/10 7:25:04PM
WTF is he doing not in the UFC?
Pookie
7/15/10 7:28:11PM
He's in the WEC. Champions Clause too, so i dont think he could leave if he wanted too.

Also, has anyone from the WEC's LW division transferred over to the UFC?
BlueSkiesBurn
7/15/10 7:34:30PM
I disagree. Ben-Hen is good but he needs a couple defenses before he moves up. He wouldn't even be middle of the pack in the UFC. He's really good, it's just that much tougher.
jae_1833
7/15/10 8:15:06PM
So should about 5 others from the WEC LW Divs, and almost all of the BW div too IMO.
sbulldavid
7/15/10 9:51:51PM
I think they got a good group at 155 but honestly speaking, none of them are on the same level as Penn, Edgar, Maynard, Florian, Sotiropoulous, Dunham, Escudero, Stevenson, Guida, Griffin, Sherk, Guillard, do I really need to go on any further. The WEC puts on very good fights at 155 but the UFC has 10-15 guys that would defeat Henderson or his WEC counterparts on a consistent basis, and I'm not saying Henderson doesn't have a future in the UFC, I'm just saying he's got a ways to go because he's not physically strong enough to win consistently in the UFC yet.
SpiderSilva
7/16/10 12:29:13PM
dude has already cleaned out the WEC 155ers and the way he took out cowboy dude would do good in the UFC
prozacnation1978
7/18/10 9:24:45AM
I still think that early next year the lightweight division will fold into ufc
He should face winner of roller/pettis at year end. Probably a pay per view
MMA-San
7/19/10 8:24:16PM
He wouldn't be middle of the pack? Your insane.

Ben Henderson is very very very physically strong, and big. I'd honestly pick him to beat everyone on your list but Penn right now.
DosBox
7/20/10 2:50:27PM

Posted by MMA-San

He wouldn't be middle of the pack? Your insane.

Ben Henderson is very very very physically strong, and big. I'd honestly pick him to beat everyone on your list but Penn right now.



Wow.
I admit I think I have underestimated Benson in the past, and is good enough to compete in the UFC - but LW's with good TDD eat up Benson. I think he would be middle of the pack and could win more than loses if the matchups are right (but nothing really wrong with middle of the pack).

I see him beating strikers with decent wrestling/gg like Stout, Fisher, Siver, Etim, Ludwig, Taylor, etc.. I dont think he defeats strong grapplers like Tibau, Bocek, Jim Miller, Dos Anjos, Sotiropoulous, (I'd favor Jacob Volkmann over Henderson) - especially since they actually have cardio to go 3 rounds unlike Jamie Varner (who IMO has the skills but not the gas tank to be in the top of the heap).
He doesnt really have a good chance against strong wrestlers with TD defense + cardio (Maynard, Edgar, Sherk, Tibau)


I think he could rank in the division similar to where Kurt Pellegrino (which would be a good fight though) is at, and I use that as a compliment. He has the resume to compete and do good in the UFC, I just dont know if he can take people down consistently (people with TDD, and not Cerrone).

He deserves to be there, I just dont think he'll make a run for the title - he is relatively young so he still has a lot of time to improve his skills.
He could win more than he loses if the matchups are right
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