Well that didn’t take long…

Just minutes after his split decision victory over Gilbert Melendez in the UFC on FOX 7 main event, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Benson Henderson already has his next opponent lined up.

“Smooth” will attempt to break the record for most consecutive 155-pound title defenses in UFC history at four when he faces the winner of the UFC 160’s collision between top-10 fighters Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant.

UFC President Dana White announced the forthcoming title bout at the UFC on FOX 7 post-fight press conference Saturday night (April 20, 2013) in San Jose, California.

It’s nice to see some forward momentum in the once log-jammed lightweight division after two years of immediate rematches. While Benson Henderson hasn’t exactly looked like a dominant champion he’s at least brought some stability to the weight class.

Let’s just hope the UFC brass sticks to this plan and doesn’t shoehorn Jose Aldo, Anthony Pettis or Eddie Alvarez into a title shot on a whim.

(pic via Joe Camporeale for USA Today)