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Just a few days away from making his much-anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, Gilbert Melendez has been giving his thoughts on the differences between he and his UFC on FOX 7 opponent, Ben Henderson.
According to "El Nino," Henderson — the UFC lightweight champion — is a very gifted and talented athlete who is now becoming a fighter, while the "scrapper" Melendez, is a fighter who has become an athlete.
Having said that, the former Strikeforce 155-pound champion believes the experience he obtained through the "wars" and "battles" he's been involved in over his 11-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career have tested his mettle and chin, giving him an advantage when he faces "Smooth" this weekend (April 20, 2013) in San Jose, California.
His words to Bleacher Report:
"I think I have the advantage in a couple of areas. I won't go too much into detail. I've been in a lot of wars and I've been in a l...
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By RICK EYMER
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- UFC lightweight division champion Benson Henderson cares less about where a fight is held and more about the outcome. Let it take place in the parking lot of a convenience store and he'll still just want the win.
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All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “’UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez” event will be tipping the scale today inside California Theatre in San Jose, California. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 7PM ET/4PM PT.
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Though Gilbert Melendez is a very tough fighter and deserves this shot Henderson’s athleticism, cardio, and relentlessness should be enough to earn him the win. Going to be a great fight though.
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