Gilbert Melendez: “I respect Benson. He’s the No. 1 guy right now. He’s the UFC champ. But come fight day, I’m going to try to kill him.”

The build up to this weekend’s bout between UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson and top contender Gilbert Melendez has been relatively quiet outside of “El Nino” expressing interest in avenging a loss to teammate Nate Diaz. However, fans shouldn’t mistake the calm as being indicative of a storm not brewing between the two.

Melendez spoke about the scrap recently with MMAJunkie Radio where he admitted he has no problem being friendly with a guy like Henderson, at least up until UFC on FOX 7 when they meet in the main event.

“I respect Benson. He’s the No. 1 guy right now. He’s the UFC champ. But come fight day, I’m going to try to kill him. I have bad intentions, and it is personal. I don’t need to be mad at someone. I’m a professional, and I know how to turn on the switch and turn it on and off when I need to. Some people turn it on a month out. I turn it on right when it’s time.”

“It’s going to be heated. It’s going to be personal. It’s just how I fight – I’m going to try to kill the guy. I don’t need anyone talking crap on me. But let it be known, on fight day, Benson is not my friend. In fact, he’s the enemy that day and I have to destroy him. That’s the mentality I have to have.”

SOURCE: MMAJunkie Radio
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