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.”