Despite picking up the win this past weekend at UFC on FOX 10, it appears Ben Henderson isn’t in the UFC Lightweight title picture according to President Dana White.
White spoke about Henderson’s title chances post fight and was straight to the point on his stance:
“No,” said White, as transcribed by MMAFighting. “But, I mean, that was a Ben Henderson fight. When Ben Henderson has the title, or he’s trying to get back to the title, that’s a Ben Henderson fight. I mean, we’ve seen that fight a million times.
“It’s not about even being more aggressive. He’s a talented fighter. He’s just one of these guys — he’s a grinder, he’s not a finisher.”
“Ben Henderson lost twice to Pettis, the champion, and he got destroyed last fight. He didn’t do anything that’s going to have anybody screaming, ‘Oh, I want to see him get another shot at Pettis.’”
The fight, which ended in a split decision, left White with advice he has given many times before:
“My thing is, you guys both know you’re fighting for the chance to get a shot at the title, OK? you’re getting a shot at the title. You go. Go, go, go. Go for broke. Don’t ever leave it in the judges’ hands, or at least put on enough of a performance to know you won because you can never trust the judges.”