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Where do you place Ben Henderson among lightweights?


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Ben Henderson quickly defended his belt Saturday night, choking out Donald Cerrone in less than two minutes.

This was his second win over Cerrone. He also has wins over former WEC champ Jamie Varner and top WEC contenders Shane Roller and Anthony Njokuani. But is that enough to convince you that he is a top-five lightweight?

UFC president Dana White thinks he is.

"I was expecting a war in that fight," White said. "I thought that was going to be a back-and-forth battle. I thought it was going to be a really tough fight for Henderson. He made it look easy. He put a knot on [Cerrone's] head and choked him out."

But since the UFC and WEC are two separate entities -- even though they're owned by the same company -- it's natural to wonder about Henderson's prowess against UFC lightweights. Would his gumby-like flexibility work against B.J. Penn's submissions? Would Frankie Edgar's movement give him fits, or Sean Sherk's power knock him out?

Instead of rematches, Henderson wants the challenge of fighting someone new.

“I’m not really looking to rematch someone I fought before,” said Henderson. “If I fought someone and I knocked them out already, do I want to fight them again? Not so much.”

White has indicated that a merger between the UFC and WEC lightweights is in the offing, but he has no clear timetable. That leaves us to ponder, where does Henderson fit in among the world's best lightweights?

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