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Diego Sanchez: “I feel like that belt’s there for the taking.”

Benson Henderson - MMAWEEKLYUFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has successfully defended his gold on three occasions with two of the tilts resulting in a Split Decision. In both bouts, Henderson was seen as having escaped with the belt by the skin of his teeth rather than being the victim of questionable scoring, creating doubts in the minds of many rather than fear in the hearts of his peers.

Diego Sanchez has taken note of Henderson’s performance since winning the title and, in his opinion, it won’t be long until “Bendo” can no longer lay claim to the divisional strap.

“After watching Benson Henderson’s performance against Gilbert Melendez, I must say, I wasn’t impressed. I see a lot of holes in his game, and I feel like that belt’s there for the taking,” said Sanchez in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “I see a man who is growing in his martial arts experience. A great fighter, but I see holes in his game, and I really felt he lost that fight to Gilbert.”

The 24-5 Sanchez is hoping he’ll be the one to exploit Henderson’s flaws inside the Octagon, though “The Dream” certainly has some work to do first. Like Henderson, he too is coming off a closely-contested decision win and will need to win at least two more times before making a legitimate argument for top contendership.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    After watching the fight again I agree gilb should of won but sanchez hasnt been a contender for a while now I wonder whos next for bendo.

  • MCM says:

    Outside of Paulo Thiago, Sanchez hasn’t convincingly beat an opponent since Joe Daddy in 2009. Maybe he should worry about his own game first.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Diego had a tremendously fast rise, running out to a 17-0 record, with 3 of those last 4 wins coming against Nick Diaz, Karo Parisyan & Joe Riggs…. which back in 2006 was a who’s who of MMA.

    But he got rich and got dumb. I can’t really judge, as I’d be likely to fall into the same trap if I was in that type of position, but the reality is he’s pissed away what could have been an amazing career. Instead he turned into a punching bag with lots of heart who puts on exciting fights, with decreasing frequency (three fights in 2009, two in 2010, one in 2011, one in 2012).


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