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Coach Says Benson Henderson Plans Move to 170

Kelsey Mowatt


Following Benson Henderson’s stoppage loss to Rafael dos Anjos in August, it looks like the former UFC lightweight champ is interested in making a change.

Henderson, who has gone 8-3 in the UFC and is currently holding down the #4 ranking at 155, is apparently interested in fighting at 170. Henderson’s head coach, John Crouch, relayed the news in the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”.

Crouch referred to the fact that Henderson is a ways out from a title shot right now at lightweight, since two of his losses have come against reigning champ, Anthony Pettis.

The renowned jiu-jitsu instructor also stated (quote via MMA

“He would like to see what it feels like to not cut weight,” Crouch said. “The weight cut is irritating for him.”

The 30 year-old Henderson does plan to compete one more time at lightweight, however, before trying out welterweight. It will be interesting to see how “Smooth” looks and performs at 170. There’s some big dudes competing at that weight.

Prior to facing dos Anjos, Henderson scored consecutive wins over Rustam Khabilov and Josh Thomson. The MMA Lab fighter began his UFC tenure by winning seven straight fights.


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