UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson tossed his name into the hat for any potential super-fights earlier this year. But, that doesn’t mean he isn’t focused on his upcoming bout with Gilbert Melendez.
The two will meet on April 20 in the main event of UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez, and “Smooth” has only the ex-Strikeforce champion on his mind right now.
“I’m definitely not looking past Gilbert,” said Henderson, during a conference call Tuesday. “He might not have the biggest name (in the sport), and there might be bigger fights, but I know how tough Gil is. He’s the Strikeforce champion and has been rated in the top-two or three on the planet.”
Henderson defeated Nate Diaz to close out 2012, giving him a perfect 3-0 record in the calendar year. He mentioned a possible bout with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre previously, but added that he is “not looking past (Melendez) at all; not even close.”
Since joining the UFC from the WEC, Henderson has made it known that his ultimate goal is to surpass Anderson Silva’s still going record for successful title defenses inside the Octagon. When it comes to proving something to anyone other than himself, Henderson has no cause for concern to that.
“I am only worried about winning every fight,” he said. “I don’t care about belts and all that stuff. Going into any fight, you just have to win. It doesn’t matter if belts are on the line; I don’t care. I’m just going to go out there and win every single fight.”