UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has stated time and time again that he prefers to do his talking inside the Octagon. But, if the way to get what you want in the UFC is by talking, “Bendo” is prepared to do that, as well.
For now, Henderson is locked into a match with former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez in April. While appearing on UFC Tonight recently, Henderson requested a future super-fight with none other than Georges St-Pierre. UFC president Dana White turned him down on the show.
“Everyone’s going out, calling out fights,” said Henderson, during a recent appearance on MMAjunkie.com Radio. “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.”
Henderson went on to state that if “that’s not how it’s supposed to work, 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.”
Many people have called for matches in the recent months, and been given them by UFC officials. St-Pierre requested Nick Diaz, Anthony Pettis asked to move to featherweight and face champion Jose Aldo, and Chael Sonnen earned a shot at Jon Jones’ title despite not having fought at 205 pounds in years.
Henderson is 18-2 in his career and a perfect 6-0 in the UFC. He has successfully defended his title against Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz. White cited a strong number of contenders left as the reason for saying no to his request.