Benson Henderson will defend his UFC lightweight championship for the third time on Saturday night, when “Smooth” takes on former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in the UFC on Fox 7 main event from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Though many regard Melendez as an especially significant opponent due to the bout’s champion-versus-champion dynamic, Henderson remains unconcerned with such recognition. Instead, the 29-year-old is solely motivated by the prospect of earning another victory.

“You guys know me. I don’t care at all about belts and all that. I will take the belt and everything, but going into any fight -- I don’t care if it’s your first fight for the UFC, your first fight on the main card or your first fight in a main event -- it doesn’t matter. You just have to win,” Henderson recently said during a media conference call. “I can’t emphasize that enough. It doesn’t matter whether belts are on the line or it’s a ‘win or go home; loser leaves the UFC’ [situation]. All of that is just extra stuff to sell fights. I don’t care. I’m going to go out there and win every single fight.”

To that end, Henderson avoids the pressure inherent in trying to prove oneself worthy of holding the UFC title. For “Smooth,” every fight is weighted equally, and losing is simply not an acceptable outcome.

“I’m not too worried about proving this or that. I just want to go out there and win every fight. It doesn’t matter,” said Henderson. “There are always going to be new and different stipulations or new and different reasons to win. I don’t really need any ulterior motives. I’m a highly self-motivated person. I go out there to win every single fight. I don’t care who the guy is or what the extra stuff on top of it is. I just want to go win, period.”

Regardless of any championship hype, Henderson must still contend with Melendez’s considerable abilities. While some have pined for a potential clash with featherweight champion Jose Aldo if and when “Scarface” decides to move up in weight, Henderson said he is in no way distracted from the task at hand.

“I’m definitely not looking past Gilbert,” said Henderson. “I know how tough Gilbert is, and I know he is the Strikeforce champ and has been in the top two or three for a long time for a reason. I’m not looking past him at all. Not even close.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 201 Betting Preview: Lawler Odds-On Favorite to Defend Welterweight Title

  • 29 days ago
  • 8 views

Robbie Lawler (20-10) and Tyron Woodley (15-3) are two former Strikeforce fighters who have hit it big in the UFC. On Saturday night at UFC 201 in Atlanta, the reigning champion Lawler will attempt t read news >>

Islam Makhachev Cleared in Testing Positive for Meldonium Prior to UFC on FOX 19

  • 28 days ago
  • 20 views

After having his UFC on FOX 19 bout cancelled in April, Islam Makhachev on Wednesday was found "not at fault" for ingesting a prohibited substance. read news >>

UFC on FOX 20 TV Ratings Peak with 4.687 Million Viewers for Main Event

  • 28 days ago
  • 11 views

UFC on FOX 20 sent FOX's tv ratings for UFC events through the roof, peaking with 4.687 million viewers for Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko. read news >>

Chris Lopez Respects His RFA 41 Opponent, but Plans To ‘Do His Thing’

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

Chris Lopez will look to get back on the winning track when he takes on Fabio Trindade in a main card 170-pound bout at RFA 41 on July 29 in San Antonio, Texas. read news >>

Adrian Pang Looking to Extend Winning Streak at ONE: Heroes of the World

  • 14 days ago
  • 12 views

Adrian Pang will seek out his fourth win in a row when he takes on fellow veteran Eduard Folayang in a 155-pound main card bout at ONE: Heroes of the World. read news >>

Tanner Saraceno Looks to Start a Winning Streak in Valor Fights Debut

  • 14 days ago
  • 5 views

After suffering a loss in his pro debut, Tanner Saraceno will look to pick up his second straight win when he makes his Valor Fights debut on Saturday. read news >>

UFC 202 Free Fight: Nate Diaz Defeats Michael Johnson

  • 13 days ago
  • 19 views

Watch as Nate Diaz earned a decision victory against Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 in December 2015. read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor Will Defend 145-Pound Title, Stephen Thompson Gets Welterweight Title Shot

  • 12 days ago
  • 156 views

UFC president Dana White expects Conor McGregor to defend his featherweight title after his UFC 202 rematch against Nate Diaz. read news >>

CJ Hamilton Excited to Fight for the Valor Fights Flyweight Championship

  • 12 days ago
  • 5 views

Hamilton (8-4) will look to add to his current winning streak when he takes on Cody Gabelman in a 125-pound championship co-main event bout at Valor Fights 36. read news >>

Bisping to Defend UFC Title on Home Turf

  • 10 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC 204: BISPING vs HENDERSON 2 confirmed for Manchester Arena on October 8. Six further bouts announced for landmark UK event read news >>