Benson Henderson Explains His Request for a Superfight with GSP
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.04.2013
Henderson is just following trends...
Benson Henderson recently spoke with MMAjunkie about calling out Georges St. Pierre and more. Check out the highlights:
On people calling for fights: "Everyone's going out calling out fights: 'Oh, I want to fight this guy, I want to fight that guy.' I didn't know – if that's how the UFC works, if that's the type of organization it is where you can just willy-nilly go around calling out who you want to fight next, then sure. If that's how the UFC as a business operates, you call out who you want next, and that's your next guy, I understand that. I'll do that – I'll call out who I want next. But if that's not how it's supposed to work, if that's just a fluke, just one or two rare cases of it happening in the UFC and you're not supposed to call out who you want next, then whatever. Cool – I won't call out who I want next and I'll face whoever they put in front of me, like always."
On moving up in weight class for the fight: "If I'm going to call someone out, I don't want to call someone out who's smaller than me. I want to call out someone who's bigger than me. So let's do the next weight class up."
On upcoming opponent Gilbert Melendez: "People don't realize how tough Gil is. Gil has been a top two, three on the planet at 155 for a long time. He's a tough fighter, he comes from a great team and he's going to have a great game plan. I know how tough he is. He has big wins over some of the top-name 155-pounders who have been up there for a long time. I think as soon as people start realizing how tough he is and how good he really is, then they'll come around."
On Melendez possibly learning from teammate Nate Diaz's loss to Henderson: "If you get a chance to watch your opponent up close and personal, coaching against him, of course you're going to be able to take some things away. He and his team are smart – they're going to take away a lot of good stuff from that fight. They have 25 minutes of up close, personal information to take away from it. So it's my team's job to make sure we bring more stuff to the table."