UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is set to defend his title against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7 on April 20. While Henderson has his sights set on defending his belt, he already has plans for his next bout if he is able to successfully defend the lightweight gold.
On UFC Tonight, it was reported that Henderson is looking to face 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre if he gets past Melendez and St-Pierre gets by Nick Diaz at UFC 158.
“My main focus is on defending my title against Gilbert Melendez on April 20,” Henderson said, via MMAFighting.com. “That’s it. But I am a fan of the sport on top of being a competitor. 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.
“However, I need to beat Gilbert Melendez first before I can actually start thinking about any other fights, no matter who the opponent is. It’s going to be a tough battle and I need to stay 100-percent focused on him during my training for the next two months.”
A potential Henderson vs. GSP fight would be incredible for the fans. It appears more and more likely that we are heading towards an era where champions will be bouncing around and superfights will be made.
On top of Henderson looking to move up to 170-pounds, lightweight contender Anthony Pettis recently agreed to move down a weight class to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo. The winner of that bout could then be heading back to 155-pounds for a crack at the title. It truly is a great time to be a mixed martial arts fans.
There are so many exciting fights on the horizon.