Benson “Smooth” Henderson publicly criticized a proposed super fight. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Count former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder Benson Henderson among those who do not support a potential super fight between reigning 155- and 145-pound champions Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo.
Henderson took to Twitter to voice his disapproval of the proposed blockbuster, calling it “horse manure.” The 30-year-old MMA Lab export on Jan. 25 returned to the Octagon for the first time since surrendering the lightweight crown to Pettis, as he bested the American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh Thomson in a controversial split decision at UFC on Fox 10. Henderson owns a stellar 18-2 mark over his past 20 appearances. Only Pettis has beaten him.
Aldo, meanwhile, has considered moving to 155 pounds for some time. The Nova Uniao ace has won 17 consecutive fights and successfully defended his featherweight championship with a lopsided unanimous decision over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169. Aldo has held Ultimate Fighting Championship gold longer than any other current champion, but UFC President Dana White has already indicated the Brazilian dynamo would need to vacate his 145-pound throne if he moved up to challenge Pettis.
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