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Benson Henderson’s manager – we want Melendez next


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Malki Kawa, manager of UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, thinks Gil Melendez (21-2) deserves a title shot. “Smooth” defended his title against Frankie Edgar (14-3) and Nate Diaz (16-8) in 2012 and he still has the likes of Gray Maynard (11-1) and Anthony Pettis (15-2) on his radar. But Kawa told MMAJunkie.com the priority was longtime Strikeforce champ, Melendez.


"We really like the Gilbert Melendez fight, and I’ll tell you why: Gilbert Melendez has been ranked either No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 between himself, Frankie Edgar and Benson. Frankie was considered No. 1 in the world, and Benson beat him. Now some people are saying Gilbert might be No. 1 in the world. OK, well Benson would like to beat him, too, and leave no doubt that he is the best 155-pounder in the world. Depending on whose poll you look at over the past few years, it’s been those guys in the top three spots, and Benson definitely wants to fight the best guys in the world. He’s already defeated Frankie. Beating Gilbert would prove that Benson is absolutely the best lightweight in MMA.”


From www.mmaliveshere.com

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Pretty sure they were gonna make that his next fight anyway. It makes sense to me.


I think Gilbert will give Bendo his toughest fight yet and may even take the belt. I think Gilbert has the style to give Bendo problems.


Plus my school and Gilbert's school cross-train so I gotta go with my bay area brotha!

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