Ben Henderson Dominates Jim Miller at UFC on Versus 5, Continues His Ascent Towards Lightweight Title Shot
Ben Henderson doesn't like to speculate where he stands in the UFC's lightweight title picture, but it's hard to imagine he's not right at the top.
Coming off of the most impressive victory of his career against Jim Miller at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee, the former WEC champ once again proved that he is one of the division's top talents. Even though his modesty wouldn't let you know it.
"To be honest with you, I'm not really sure," Henderson said about his spot in the rankings. "It's not really my place to say, 'Oh, I'm this guy – No. 7, No. 10, No. 21' It doesn't really matter to me. I just want to get my hand raised. I'll do my talking inside of the cage."
And once again, "Smooth" did do his talking inside of the cage. Henderson dominated Miller on Sunday night, even earning a score of 30-26 on judge Chris Lee's scorecard. Henderson handed Miller only his second loss within the UFC and his first since March of 2009.
The victory vaulted the MMA Lab fighter into the upper echelon of the division and likely put him on the same pedestal as some of the top challengers. Even Henderson would admit that.
"I think the top guys are Guida, Guillard, and myself," said Henderson. "Miller was stated as the next guy in line for a title shot. Whoever. Whatever."
With his second victory within the organization Henderson continued his assault upon his newfound co-workers. Realistically though, the fighter is likely at least two victories away from a title shot. Luckily, the potential matchups for Henderson are abundant.
If Guillard can overcome Joe Lauzon at UFC 136, a fight would make perfect sense and help to clarify a jumbled title picture. Henderson talked to US Combat Sports earlier about his thoughts on a meeting with "The Young Assassin".
"That boy is explosive," said Henderson. "A fight between him and I would be explosive. You would see some fireworks in the cage. Not many guys can match up with me in terms of athleticism, not many can match up with his athleticism, and if we get in the cage you'll see some fireworks."
Similarly, if Anthony Pettis can get through Jeremy Stephens on the same night, a rematch of the greatest fight in WEC history would surely interest fans around the world.
"That would be awesome," Henderson told US Combat Sports. "I eagerly anticipate the day to see 'Showtime' again. Nothing bad towards him, he's a good guy and I wish him all the best success, but the competitor in me definitely wants to see him in that cage again."
Nevertheless, the lightweight division has proven to be an unpredictable rollercoaster ride over the past year and fans should expect more of the same. One thing you can expect however is to see Henderson in another highly promoted matchup in the near future that should once again have title implications.