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Gilbert Melendez: ‘I never felt like I was in danger’ in Benson Henderson Fight


Two weeks ago, Gilbert Melendez and Benson Henderson squared off in a lightweight title fight in the main event of UFC on FOX 7.

The closely contested bout was back and forth and close to call, but much to the disappointment of onlookers, Benson Henderson was awarded a victory via a split-decision on the judges scorecards.

In a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com Gilbert Melendez weighed in on the controversial fight:

“He’s just a super athlete, and I expected that. He had some great kicks, but I also expected that. And I expected him to bounce in and land some punches and I did my best to counter the punches and block the kicks and I never felt like I was in any danger. I never felt any anxiety or that he was running away with the fight or he was putting it on me. I learned a lot from the experience. I learned that next time I fight him, I’d do a lot of things differently in there. I don’t want to give up my game plan, but I’ve gained confidence in the wrestling and grappling department. I didn’t think I shot too much. I didn’t want to engage him on the ground. I felt like he might have an advantage there but I think I know now that I feel a little more confident in those positions. In the clinch, I felt really strong there, attempted to re-clinch him. And I don’t want to get too in depth because I might fight the guy again, but I know exactly what I would do and how I would finish him. Not finish him, but to get my hands on him and fight him a little bit better. But at the time, I had my game plan, I stuck to it, and I thought it was enough.”

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20 Comments to Gilbert Melendez: ‘I never felt like I was in danger’ in Benson Henderson Fight

  1. andrew says:

    i thought he won that fight . I had him wining the 1st 3rd and 5th

  2. Justin says:

    He can say what he wants.. At the end of the day he got out striked by at least double… You shouldn’t have a split decision loss.. It should have been a unanimous loss.. Benson didn’t dominate him.. But I only thought Gilbert won one round.. it just looked closer than it actually was…

  3. T.DADDY says:

    woulda.. coulda… blah blah blah you lost… get over it… Benson ran rings around you

  4. James says:

    I would Gil round 1 and 2. After that Benson won the rest of the round. Rarely any takedown in the fights so you would have to look at the strikes to determine who won the fight. Melendez came close and will maybe do better in the rematch.

  5. 757 says:

    I thought it was interesting how Henderson was sweating the decision. He was wiping his forehead and playing to the crowd before the last couple of rounds like he did with Edgar fights. I love how everyone says how much weight he cuts and how huge he is and he can’t knock anyone in his weight division out. No wonder he doesn’t go to 170…he will get knocked out that’s why. He is a fony and plays to the crowd to try and sway the judges…oh yeah again I wonder why T. Daddy is so pro Henderson….I know why

  6. Sasquatch says:

    Well I doubt Bendo felt like he was in any danger through out the fight as well…

    • Steven Thurman says:

      You might not have been watching the same fight, and seen his face expressions. Especially how quickly it changed in the first round, when everything he did Was pushed off like he was some kid.

      • Sasquatch says:

        Oh I think we watched the same fight, but just have a different opinion about it.

        • Steven Thurman says:

          Benson pulled off the win, but i would bet he felt in danger. Mostly because he went into that fight confident probably thinking it would be just like it was vs Diaz, then realized he wasnt able to bully Melendez like he did Diaz. But in the end he was confident, obviously, judging by the face he made when Melendez name was called. But I would bet in the end of the first round, he mightve been worried

  7. Steven Thurman says:

    How do you define a significant strike?

    • frazzledazz says:

      it was a clean hit to the head or body, pretty vague and its debatable whether its an effective way to judge

      • Steven Thurman says:

        Okay makes sense, and thats how point fighting is so effective when the hits rarely seem to have any impact. Haha Ive been looking at it wrong this whole time.. Damn sad

  8. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    The issue is that Benson Henderson was never in danger either. If you want to take the belt from the champ you need to show you’re the better fighter, by way of ko, submission or by doing the most damage.

  9. 757 says:

    FRAZZELEDAZZ YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT THIS GAME…STOP COMMENTING YOU IGNORANT FOOL. YOUR COMMENTS DON’T EVEN MAKE SENSE….WOW WHAT A DUMB ASS

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