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.