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Wednesday, 02/27/2013, 08:43 am

Benson Asks For GSP Superfight, White Shuts him Down | UFC NEWS

Earlier this evening it was announced on UFC Tonight that current UFC Lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, had asked to face Welterweight champ, Georges St. Pierre, assuming both successfully defend their titles in their upcoming fights.  Unfortunately for Bendo, Dana White immediately shot down the idea.

“No, that’s not going to happen…” said White, “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 defense, 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… 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.”

This is a new proposition in the cadre of potential superfights in the UFC, though it seems to be a long shot.  To build upon Dana White’s point, there are certainly big fights for both champions assuming they both beat their upcoming opponents.  For Henderson, Aldo and Pettis are two huge fights that have been building for some time.  Johnny Hendricks, Rory McDonald and several fighters from Strikeforce have been steadily climbing the ranks for a shot at the belt.  All of these fights, of course, come after their immediate match ups: Gilbert Melendez for Henderson and Nick Diaz for GSP.

While the notion of a superfight is intriguing, Dana White made clear that they will certainly not become the norm.  “There’s not going to be all this jumping around,” said White, confirming his stance that these fights are earned by definitively clearing out a division.

If both Henderson and GSP defend their belts successfully over the next couple years, of course, this match up could be a very intriguing one.  Both champions have an impressive mix of wrestling, grappling and striking abilities.  Henderson is a very large lightweight, measuring only one inch shorter than the Canadian St. Pierre.  The seed has been planted, and only time will tell if this superfight will come to fruition.


61 Responses to “Benson Asks For GSP Superfight, White Shuts him Down | UFC NEWS”

  1. Sasquatch says:

    Benson can thank his lucky stars Dana’s not biting on that one… GSP would rip him a new arsehole!

  2. magoo says:

    It really doesn’t make any sense what Dana says about Benson not being the champ long enough. Pettis never held a title yet he gets a shot at Aldo’s cause he asked, in return if Aldo defeats Pettis he gets a super fight title shit against Benson…..WTF???

    • Scotty says:

      Only reason Pettis is getting a shot at Aldo is because the ufc screwed him again and again.. Promised him a couple times a title fight and hasnt gotten one.. Then just recently if he was promised a title fight if he beat Cerrone.. But now they screwed him again with Bendo vs. Gil! So they are trying to make up for their screw ups..Other than that Pettis would be fighting Bendo..

    • Wrong... says:

      Know what your talking about before you speak.. Pettis was the WEC lightweight champion. And Gladiator Fighting Series Lightweight Champion.

      He has beat current UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson aswell.

      Now put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  3. Jujitsu Player says:

    He caught a break, GSP would annihilate him

    • GSP ain't anniihilating anyone! says:

      GSP beats people, yes, but he doesn’t annihilate anyone!
      And, have you seen Bendo fight??? That boy is un-annihilating! lol.
      good fight? yes. too soon? yes. good call UFC.

      • Kevin Cormier says:

        he certainly does. Most of his fights are methodical beat downs where opponents stop trying any offense.

        • korean jesus says:

          i agree.

        • It comes down to defining says:

          annihilate. I associate “annihilate” with finishing a fighter. destroy – exterminate – obliterate – wipe out – demolish. Methodical beatdown is no synonym for those words.
          Semanitics is the difference.
          GSP is a great fighter. He hasn’t annihilated anyone lately.

  4. Dustin says:

    I feel like Dana wants to set up all these super fights except this one? i think its bullshit, but whatever benson will just have to keep beating guys at 155.

  5. 123 says:

    george st pierre vs ben henderson would be sick

  6. 123 says:

    guarantee he would do alot better than nick diaz & most fighters at welterweight

  7. Shameful says:

    The thing about Ben Henderson is that he got caught in a really deep submission attempt in all of his recent fights and just sort of muscles his way out of them. One of the strengths of his game is that he’s a huge, strong 155. We’ll probably see him later in his career at 170 but he won’t be as dominant.

  8. lauridawwwg says:

    That’s not even a super fight. GSP,JBJ,SILVA Are on a differant level to this guy thats why its a super fight when they fight each other. This would just be a super fighter beating a good fighter.

  9. Zack says:

    Gsp will never be involved in a super fight cuz he’s a panzie.


    Bendo is going to kill Melendez (Hes not ready for a UFC stud like Bendo). Then Aldo beats Pettis. Bendo vs Aldo. Bendo wins and then daddy Dana has no choice but to give him a crack at GSP.

  11. BringFitchBack says:

    Man, I would LOVE too see this fight. I think Bendo could give GSP a run for his money. Bendo has skills and GSP has gotten pretty predictable. I’m more interested in this fight than any other at 70 beyond Hendricks. But Dana is right, there are many good fights at 55, but they are all low PPV fighters. These baby divisions need a superstar. Maybe Pettis, Aldo has proved not be very marketable. If Pettis completely dismantles Aldo, then he could be the star at 55, but he will need to do it for a few years. GSP wasn’t the money machine right out of the gate.

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