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Benson Henderson ready to face all-comers, talks Nate Diaz and Gilbert Melendez

UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson might already have a sizeable portion on his plate in the form of an upcoming defense of his belt against former divisional king Frankie Edgar, but he also knows there are plenty of apt adversaries out there for him once he gets by “The Answer” again as he expects to do.

Henderson recently sat down with Inside MMA where he spoke about his rematch with Edgar as well as potential opponents down the road including two of the names at the top of the lightweight heap, Strikeforce title-holder Gilbert Melendez and surly scrapper Nate Diaz.

“Diaz is tough. He had a great performance…GREAT performance (against Jim Miller). It was spectacular. He looked great. His boxing was spectacular,” glowed Henderson when asked about the 16-7 Californian. “The thing he does best is he makes other fighters mad at him. He makes other fighters pissed off inside the Octagon…he gets them emotional, which is great on his part because he’s able to capitalize on that.

“He looked awesome,” Henderson continued. “Definitely very skilled. He threw one submission and he finished that submission. I like seeing that.”

When Melendez’s name came up, “Bendo” didn’t have much to say other than point out his willingness to face any foe who thinks he’s a superior competitor.

“We could do it tomorrow,” replied Henderson of a potential match-up with Melendez. “Whoever Dana White puts in front of me, whoever Joe Silva, Sean Shelby say, ‘This guy is next…’ I don’t care who I face next. I just wanna get to…what is Anderson Silva at? Eleven? I just wanna get to twelve. Whatever Anderson Silva gets, I wanna get one above him. But I don’t care who it is.”

The 28-year old Henderson’s bout with Edgar is scheduled for August 11 at UFC 150. He is currently on a four-fight winning streak with victories in fourteen of his last fifteen outings including those over Edgar, Miller, Donald Cerrone, and Clay Guida.

The complete interview with “Smooth” can be found below:


  • I seriously dont understand how anyone cant love Ben. He’s a fan of the sport an extremely well rounded fighter, a great ambassador and a true champion. The guy seems to have an unbreakable will (as witnessed by his submission defense against Cerrone Guida and Pettis), cardio for years(Every fight since the first cerrone fight save 2 has gone the distance and Ben never seems to slow down) and most importantly, a humble attitude and general likability that could make this kid a star if he keeps up the good work.
    I really hope that the UFC gets Gil and Eddie Alvarez in to face him. But gettin by Frankie again is no easy task.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Bendo all day… and please god no more championship rematches in the LW division.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Bendo is a cool guy, and has proven himself against the very top compeition, but I think Frankie wins the rematch.

    …and if that happens, it’s hard for me to think there wouldn’t be a rubber match, given how things have played up till now and a bit of a precedent that’s been set. But yeah, I don’t want to see another rematch either. Stop the madness.


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