Melendez: I want Benson next


"I want to fight Benson Henderson," Melendez told Bleacher Report. "I think a champion versus champion fight makes absolute sense right now. I think we already know how things are going to work out between Benson Henderson and a lot of other lightweight fighters in the UFC, but I'm that mystery fighter. No one really knows how I'm going to matchup with anyone. I have been around for a long time and have been the top lightweight in the world before Benson or any of these other guys.

"I think I have a lot of answers for his style. Sometimes he fights a wrestler like Guida who doesn't have great hands and sometimes he fights strikers who can't really wrestle. Look his fights against "Cowboy" Cerrone back in the day or even Pettis. I have that wrestling pedigree where he ain't taking me down and I'll be stuffing some shots. I'm not backing away and I'll be dropping some bombs. I'm not an easy guy to stand with. I have a lot of power and I'm not running away from kicks. I don't run away from anything. I hold my ground. I'll be coming for him and anything he dishes out I'll be answering back twice as hard.

"I think everyone would be really excited for this matchup and I guarantee it would be a great fight. We can do it in the Octagon or the Strikeforce cage -- it doesn't matter to me. Henderson is the fight I want and let's make it happen."

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Dillon70 site profile image  

12/14/12 6:38 PM by Dillon70

Funny now that SF is going out Gil wants to fight the champ. He could have signed w/ zuffa years ago. Also, he didn't look good assist Thompson his last time out.

Forrest Spliffn site profile image  

12/14/12 6:32 PM by Forrest Spliffn

I think benson has turned a corner recently and will remain champ for a while. Gil and Pettis are both deserving challengers and great fighters as well. Something tells me bendo is going to keep rolling tho. He seems to be improving all the time.

Strugglezworth site profile image  

12/14/12 6:05 PM by Strugglezworth

I was wondering where this came from?

Nick Fury site profile image  

12/14/12 5:13 PM by Nick Fury

Put it together BLAF, please!

HandsomeTopTeam site profile image  

12/14/12 12:56 PM by HandsomeTopTeam

zuffa make it happen!

Todd Lally site profile image  

12/14/12 12:51 PM by Todd Lally

Melendez should be getting this fight! He has more than paid his way!GREAT FIGHT!

JoeMimic site profile image  

12/14/12 12:46 PM by JoeMimic

Vtfu when I get to my computer!

0bamasux site profile image  

12/14/12 12:28 PM by 0bamasux

Melendez fights put me asleep he needs not only a win but a dominant one in the UFC to deserve a title shot. #1 lightweight, seriously I don't see that.

epwar site profile image  

12/14/12 11:43 AM by epwar

Indeed.   "Sorry, can't make that Healy fight in September...or November...or January.  Title fight in the UFC?  I'm good to go!"

lildragonof site profile image  

12/14/12 11:30 AM by lildragonof

This is the fight I want to see at lw.