Gilbert Melendez: Ben Henderson is an amazing fighter, but I can beat him

Gilbert Melendez is recovering from the injuries that kept him off of Strikeforce’s final card on January 12th, but when he returns, he has been rumored to receive an automatic title shot against Benson Henderson. Melendez appears in an interview with Middle Easy and states his view on Henderson, whom he thinks he can beat.

While Melendez has respect for Henderson’s game,he does carry a bit of a grudge towards the champ, as Henderson handily destroyed Melendez’s teammate Nate Diaz last month at UFC on Fox 5. He spoke up about it: 

“You’re hurt because your buddy lost, and I feel like Nate didn’t perform his best. He had some things going on. Benson did pop him in the eye. You want to whip the dudes ass, you want to beat him up. You want to avenge your team, avenge your homie, but much respect to the guy. Nothing personal, but you want a piece of him.”


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    January 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Ben Henderson would just run through you, Gilbert, so stop it.

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    January 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Wouldn't even be a tough contest….. for Benson

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    Evan Holober

    January 7, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Hahaha you guys are so funny. Ben would run through Gilbert Melendez? Because of close fights with Thomson, and Masvidal?

    Did we learn nothing from the WEC?

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    January 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    You are absolutely out of your mind, sir. The Henderson/Pettis was one of the closest fights you'll ever see. The fight was extremely close up until Pettis landed that kick.

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    Brian Cox

    January 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Gotta go with The Champ until proven wrong. Good fight either way.

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    January 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Beat a top 10 fighter and then let's talk about a top 5 guy. THEN a title shot ;)

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    January 8, 2013 at 12:49 am

    maybe melendez would show up with a toothpick too

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    January 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I thought the Pettis Bendo fight was close nobodys gameplan was wor4king but they both showed alot of heart and the Showtime kick was unexpected and legendery..Naate Diaz Franky Edgar what do they have in common?Theyre both almost impossible to finish,so even though Bendo didn't finish he looked impressive and won those fights.Im on the fence about Gil he has some impressive victories Kawajiri,Aoki,Thompson but no top ten…I think Pettis or Cerrone,plus you got Maynard hes asking alot..He defenetly should have to earn it.

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    January 10, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    The show time kick was staged

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