UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has been part of a number of exciting efforts including a few “Fight of the Year” contenders. Come this weekend at UFC on FOX 7, Henderson expects a similar result to materialize given the way he matches up with opponent Gilbert Melendez.
In Henderson’s estimation, Melendez approaches competition similarly to his training partner Nate Diaz, and he told MMAJunkie their shared aggression should deliver a memorable meeting on Saturday night.
“Stylistically, Frankie Edgar and I matched up well in that I would get my hand raised and win, but we did not match up well in that it wasn’t the most exciting exchanging for the entire 25 minutes. It was more like a very elusive cat-and-mouse. Nate and I were a great stylistic match-up. He’d walk forward, I’d walk forward, and who’s the better man? Let’s find out.”
“Gil and I are going to be the same way. He likes to move forward and push the action and the pace. I like to be that guy also. He likes to walk forward, I like to walk forward, and we’re going to throw down.”
“Every fight, I always try to get better and improve,” he said. “I end up bringing in new techniques here and there, and this fight’s no different. Even though he watched 25 minutes of me against Nate Diaz, I’m going to be that much better and that much more well-prepared with new tricks I’ve been working on since then.”
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