Benson Henderson returned to action at UFC on Fox 10 for the first time since losing the Lightweight belt to Anthony Pettis; the resulting decision win over Josh Thomson didn’t have fans clamouring for a ‘Smooth’ title shot, but a win is a win nonetheless, right? Wrong.
The lacklustre snoozefest that Bendo and ‘The Punk’ took part in was confirmation that Henderson wasn’t ready for the title shot, according to UFC president Dana White that is. DW put a final nail in Henderson’s appeal for a title shot in the wake of UFC 169, confirming that Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis is what he wants to see next and reaffirming that it wasn’t just a tantrum after Fox 10.
Needless to say, Henderson is none too happy with the news of Aldo vs. Pettis, as he took to his twitter account to voice his frutration:
U gotta be kidding me?!...my mama taught me to be a better man n keep my mouth shut if I don't have anything nice to say, I'm out #UFC169— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) February 2, 2014
‘Smooth’ has only lost twice in the past seven years; a submission and decision loss to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164/WEC 53 respectively. The Bendo that showed up to fight Thomson at Fox 10 would not have beaten Pettis, in fact I think ‘Showtime’ would have had no problem whatsoever, so perhaps White’s decision is saving Henderson from another whooping.
The fact also remains that the UFC has been trying to make a superfight for the past three or four years now. Attempts at Silva vs. GSP, Silva vs. Jones have all fallen through, so this may be the ideal opportunity for a champ vs. champ super fight. I personally think that Henderson needs at least one more fight before considering a title shot, otherwise he will just be picked apart by Pettis, who is a better fighter right now.