Contender or Pretender for the UFC's Top 10 Lightweights

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Contender or Pretender for the UFC's Top 10 Lightweights
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UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson remains at the top of the heap halfway through 2013. The talented lightweight will defend his championship for the fourth time later this year against TJ Grant.

Henderson has shown a good array of skills in recent years, but has also shown vulnerability. The champion has had several close calls in his recent fights.

The lightweight division has many quality fighters jockeying for position to be the next contender. Of that group only a few have a legitimate shot at dethroning the champion. The lightweights in the current top 10 are not created equal.

Which lightweights have a decent shot at taking the gold? These are the contenders and pretenders of the UFC's ranked lightweights.

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