Henderson aiming for super-fight with GSP
With so many fighters jumping ship to other divisions for super-fights, it appears lightweight champion Benson Henderson wants in on the action, as it was revealed on UFC Tonight that he would like a crack welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his own title defense against Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7.
However, just as soon as that news was revealed, UFC President Dana White announced that the bout was not going to happen anytime soon:
"No, that's not going to happen either," White said on UFC Tonight. "Ben Henderson, it's not going to happen, he just won that title not too long ago. There's plenty of guys in the 155 pound division to defend the title against, and a possible fight with Aldo, if Aldo moves up and stays at 55. A possible fight with Pettis a couple of fights away again."
"There's not going to be all this jumping around. I don’t blame Ben Henderson for wanting to go to 170, that's the big money fight. The big money fight is Georges St-Pierre, everybody knows it. If you're not fighting him you want to be fighting on his card."
The UFC's big boss man has a point. The idea of fighters leaving their respective division for possible better prospects is becoming a bit redundant. As respectable as it is to look for further challenges , it's almost disheartening to see fighters not solidify their place in their own weight class.
There is no doubt that Jose Aldo vs Anthony Pettis should be explosive, however it was almost dissatisfying to see "Showtime" not gun for Henderson or Melendez, as it seems that there is so much unfinished business for him in the lightweight division. Even Jon Jones has talked about a move to heavyweight, despite the fact that he has several other contenders to vanquish.
The exception to this concept of "Super-Fights" are GSP, Anderson Silva, and Aldo, who have time and time again proven that they have beaten the best of what their division has to offer. For now, until Henderson can defeat the likes of Melendez , Gray Maynard and possible up-and-comers T.J. Grant and Khabib Nurmagomedov, he should sit tight and prove his worth as a lightweight.
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