Despite his recent loss to Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva still holds the record for the most consecutive titles defenses in the UFC, winning ten straight fights with the middleweight title. Lightweight champion Benson Henderson is quite a bit behind, with only three title defenses to his credit, but he’s confident that he’s going to break Silva’s record in the next three years.
“I’m going to break it in 2016,” said Henderson in a recent interview. “I should be able to break it by 2015, but because I’m getting married I’m going to take some time off for my honeymoon. That’s going to set me back by about three to four months. But I have it down exactly. I know when I’m going to break it. It’s going to be early 2016. I know what number I need to get. I know the amount of hard work it’s going to take for me to get there. I know how much I’ve got to get beat up, I know how much I’ve got to practice. I’m aware of it. I know it. Now my goal is to go out there and go do it.”
Henderson earned the title at UFC 144 in February 2012. Since then, he’s defended it against Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, and Gilbert Melendez. If he wants to beat Anderson Silva’s record, he has another eight wins ahead of him.