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.
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