Benson Henderson: I’d love to fight GSP for the Welterweight title

 

UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson has made an incredible name for himself since coming over to the UFC. Undefeated since losing the WEC Lightweight title to Anthony Pettis in that promotion’s final fight, Henderson appears focused and ready to take on all comers. Set to face off with Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez this April, Henderson spoke up to “UFC Tonight” last night with some very different plans:
“I see all this talk about super fights and other fighters getting to dictate what weight classes they want to move up and down to in order to get title shots. I’m the UFC‘s Lightweight champion and I feel I should be allowed to make such statements myself.
“I want to fight in the biggest fights and against the best fighters. Georges St. Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in our sport’s history. Of course I’d love to fight him, and I think the fans would want to see that fight too. It would be an honor to go up against such a great competitor, especially with a title on the line.”
While talk of weight class switching has become all the rage as of late, specifically when discussing Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis and Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White was none too keen on the idea of a Henderson vs. GSP superfight. His reply was quick and to the point:
“That’s not going to happen. He won just that title not too long ago. There are plenty of guys in the 155 division to defend that title against, and a possible fight with Aldo if he moves up to 155… I don’t blame Ben Henderson for wanting to go to 170; that’s the big money fight.”
White may have a point here, as Aldo has defended his belt more times dating back to the WEC days. Still, Ben Henderson is obviously a huge and powerful 155 lb. Fighter who could easily be at Welterweight. He’s also notoriously tough to take down, but Frankie Edgar did seem to solve that problem when they fought.
Superfights are on the horizon for the UFC, and they definitely get the fans talking in anticipation. Would Henderson vs. GSP at 170 be a great match, or just another win for the longtime champion from French Canada?

UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson has made an incredible name for himself since coming over to the UFC. Undefeated since losing the WEC Lightweight title to Anthony Pettis in that promotion’s final fight, Henderson appears focused and ready to take on all comers. Set to face off with Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez this April, Henderson spoke up to “UFC Tonight” last night with some very different plans:

“I see all this talk about super fights and other fighters getting to dictate what weight classes they want to move up and down to in order to get title shots. I’m the UFC‘s Lightweight champion and I feel I should be allowed to make such statements myself.”

“I want to fight in the biggest fights and against the best fighters. Georges St. Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in our sport’s history. Of course I’d love to fight him, and I think the fans would want to see that fight too. It would be an honor to go up against such a great competitor, especially with a title on the line.”

While talk of weight class switching has become all the rage as of late, specifically when discussing Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis and Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White was none too keen on the idea of a Henderson vs. GSP superfight. His reply was quick and to the point:

“That’s not going to happen. He won just that title not too long ago. There are plenty of guys in the 155 division to defend that title against, and a possible fight with Aldo if he moves up to 155… I don’t blame Ben Henderson for wanting to go to 170; that’s the big money fight.”

White may have a point here, as Aldo has defended his belt more times dating back to the WEC days. Still, Ben Henderson is obviously a huge and powerful 155 lb. Fighter who could easily be at Welterweight. He’s also notoriously tough to take down, but Frankie Edgar did seem to solve that problem when they fought.

Superfights are on the horizon for the UFC, and they definitely get the fans talking in anticipation. Would Henderson vs. GSP at 170 be a great match, or just another win for the longtime champion from French Canada?


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    KeithFarrell

    February 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Heard this earlier today and my first reaction was wow… big props go to Bendo.

    It's extremely rare that someone who is on a run or just even having success in the UFC, never mind a champion, will move up a division.

    This would be interesting as their style are very similar, almost symmetrical.
    I think this comes down to though GSP being slightly bigger but much stronger and just overall better in every area.

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      Evan Holober

      February 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Pretty much my thoughts. Props to him for wanting to test himself (although he will obviously see a lot of money himself just fighting him), but he's basically a lesser GSP that's also smaller. I don't see a way Ben wins that fight.

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      falcon4917

      February 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      I agree that GSP is probably too much for Benson but I would not say GSP is better at everything. He is simply too strong for Benson. Benson is very similiar in skillset and where GSP is better at control Benson is probably better at subs. Benson is maybe a bit better at striking while GSP is more explosive. I say GSP wins by decision as I doubt he finds a way to tko or sub Benson. Benson would have to win by tko and not likely to get that. I don't see Benson panicking in any moment though and would love to see the fight. Last time we saw a lower weight class champ challenge a higher weight class was BJ Penn. takes a fighting spirit to do that.

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      David Saucier

      February 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      This dude fights with a tooth pick in his mouth he is nuts

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    cyren16

    February 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I like Henderson. I seems like a level dude and is a good fighter. I just dont know if he is "big money fight" material yet. However I disagree with Dana's response and that is because I usually agree with him. I feel the level of competition Henderson has beaten should allow him to make such claims. White can go on and on about Frankie Edgar and regardless of the opinions Henderson beat him twice and Guida, Miller and Diaz. Benson by no means has had an easy ride in arguably the most talent staked division. He has maintained a busy fighting schedule, which isnt usually the case for champions and keeps decisively winning. If he feels he can take on GSP let him. Nick Diaz seems to think and he dont stand a chance.

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      azzkika

      February 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      he decisively lost to Edgar though. he is a top tier fighter no doubt but hasn't shown anything to even suggest he should be fighting GSP. There is no single area that he is better than GSP at and is less dominant a champion than GSP is. Let him fight a couple of top 10 WWs first because I do believe he'd be absolutely dominated start to finish.

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        falcon4917

        February 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        I agree that he would likely be dominated but I wouldn't say Benson has nothing on him. Benson is a little bit better at striking and he may be better at surviving subs while GSP is better at avoiding those issues. GSP has two main advantages, size and control. His pace may be better than GSP too although I think carrying GSP around will take away that advantage. And one thing Benson has far above GSP is the heart of a fighter. GSP is no pus*y but Benson is an animal hence his call out.

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          azzkika

          February 27, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          You're joking right? Everyone said Condit was the better striker and barring a great head kick GSP outstruck and him and beat him to the punch for most of the fight. GSP's striking is very underrated primarily because he doesn't throw the kitchen sink into it and is measured so doesn't score many clean KOs but if you watch every fight he has ever fought he has outstruck his opponents 95% + of the time. Edgar outstrick hendo last time out and that was with physical disadvantages, GSP would beat him to the punch guaranteed.

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            David Saucier

            February 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

            Condit didnt kick GSP in the leg/knee once I think Condit vs GSP had a gentlemans agreement to it

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            Evan Holober

            February 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

            Might have. I think it more had to do with the fact he was fighting the best MMA wrestler, ever, though.

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            Evan Holober

            February 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

            Yea, I'd have to agree with Azzkika here. Ben might kick a bit more, but GSP has rarely lost in striking and he's actually struck with some great ones.

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            falcon4917

            February 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

            Condit was not able to let go like he normally does. Anyone who strikes with GSP is very and I mean very conscious of the takedown. The only one that wasn't was Jake sheilds be cause he was desperate to be on the ground and klook at how great GSP looked in that fight on his feet. GSP looks great at his striking when the other guy wants nothing to do with him on the ground.

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            Evan Holober

            February 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm

            GSP fought half blind for three rounds.

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            falcon4917

            February 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm

            thats his fault. others have done better than him with their striking with a half blind handicap. Remember GSPs reaction to his eye. I don't even remember Kos being so worried.

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            Evan Holober

            February 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

            Name the others that are evidenced to have been fighting with no vision in one eye for at least 15 minutes.

            You don't remember Kos being so worried? He barely fought GSp for the rest of the fight.

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            Evan Holober

            February 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

            (first paragraph)…while also winnin in the process.

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            falcon4917

            February 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

            It's not about winning with touch football style striking. Kos had 10 times the eye damage GSP had. Look at Fitch, Mark Hominick, Marcus Davis, Fedor, Rich Franklin, Wanderlei Silva, crocop, sakuraba, Diego Sanchez. Those are injuries that could not be wiped off many others were unable to see because of cuts above their eye too. Virtually all of them did better with their striking than GSP did against competitors that are far superior to Jake Sheilds stand up game.

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        Def_tac

        February 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

        Bout time someone told how it is. Lets hope dudes toothpick can show him how to beat GSP or anyone else. I am not a Ben hater or a keyboard worrior just in case people start thinking that. I don't think Ben is as good as people put him out to be.

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    Boner89

    February 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    How about all the champs fight eachother. We can have Aldo v. Barraro , Hendo v. GsP , Silva v. Jones , and finally Cain v. Mighty Mouse just for shits and giggles.

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    duder113

    February 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    if the only interest fighters have is so called super fights. I'm done watching.

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    mmauk

    February 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    This idea that there division has to be cleared or there has to be a lack of contender annoys me. If a champion wants to fight another champion LET HIM DANA!!!!

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    ImmaBoss

    February 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Yes my boy Henderson is finally letting people know that hes the **** lol but i would love to see him face GSP after he clears out his division a bit more because that will be a great challenge for GSP and plus Henderson i am pretty sure walks around 170 ish anyway

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    HATEOCRACY

    February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    UFC170 Battle Of The Buff Leggs or The Thick Thigh Throwdown

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    Brian Cox

    February 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Would be a solid bout, but given Bendo's struggles to defeat Edgar (with many believing he lost either both fights or at least the second) I don't see how Henderson would be able to cope with GSP.

    Regardless of outcome, props to Henderson for making his wishes known and if it happens, I'll certainly buy the PPV.

    If both Champs can hold onto their respective belts during the interim, this is nothing but great news for MMA fans.

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    cranestyle

    February 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Bendo's subtext – as I get older, I'm having a harder time making 155.

    While the UFC might love the PPV buys of a 'superfight', the only happens at a catch weight, or if one of the fighters gives up their title. Could be a good fight though.

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    Def_tac

    February 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    You would get your shiz handed to you Ben. Dont want to bring old irreversible stuff up but in my eyes you didn't get past Frankie.

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    PukeVomit

    February 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    this would be a tough one for gsp!

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    kickassfast

    February 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    ben needs to dominate a few more at 155 in my opinion. hes good and big, but im not so impressed with him yet that id want to see him fight gsp before hendricks

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    Entity

    February 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Props to Benson.

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    IChokePeople

    February 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I respect balls like that but I think GSP might actually finish this fight. GSP via second or third round stoppage due to GNP. It will look a lot like GSP Vs BJ Penn II.

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    terra2805

    March 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I don't really object to fighters moving up or down weight classes……just when it's justified…..IMO there's a trend starting now and fighters are seeing it as a way of getting that big payday fight……Dana needs to get a grip of this situation IMO…..like i say, i don't disagree with it but i genuinely think it should only be an option for fighters who are either considered one of the P4P best or have pretty much cleaned out their present division…..Since the Pettis vs Aldo fight was announced a few fighters are now saying they would like to do it also…..Bendo…..Faber…..it will mess up a lot of things if fighters are allowed to jump around weight classes at will……If a fighter isn't the Champion of his/her weight class or on the P4P best list…..or still has plenty of potential match ups in their present weight class then they should have to stay there…..If they are champion of their division and there are plenty of top contenders they should fight them……but if they pretty much clean out the division then it would be hard to say no…..I'm all for it really but they need to keep some kind of control over it because it's clearly becoming a 'trend' now and everyone wants a piece of the pie!…

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