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UFC lightweight Ben Henderson holds off on potential move to welterweight

On second thought, it looks like we won't be seeing Ben Henderson at welterweight any time soon.

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

It was only a few months ago, September to be exact, that former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson expressed interest in a move to welterweight, primarily due to the difficulties of his weight cut. The 31-year-old has gone 2-2 in his last 4, including a shocking 1st round KO at the hands of Rafael dos Anjos. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Henderson expressed a change of heart on his welterweight plans:

"I like '55; I think '55's my weight class," Henderson told MMAjunkie. "If there were some good, intriguing, nice matchups at '70, like talking about getting a title shot immediately, or ‘If you beat this guy, you get a title shot,' I would be open to that."

Henderson later added this quote about his weight cuts:

"It does get a little bit harder and harder to make weight the older I get," Henderson said. "Getting down to '55 is definitely not a fun process. It takes a toll on your body. All that being said, we'll see."

Next week, Henderson fights Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver in Boston. Henderson was originally scheduled to face Eddie Alvarez before the late switch was made last Monday.

It's a huge, arguably must-win for Henderson if he aims to remain a contender in the 155 lbs division. Staring down a potential 2-3 skid could be the end of Henderson's time at the top, while a 3rd straight win over his WEC rival Cerrone puts him back "in the mix" of the title picture.

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