Chael Sonnen volunteered himself for a match with Jon Jones. Vitor Belfort did the same.
Anthony Pettis recently made it known he would drop to featherweight and fight Jose Aldo for the title.
Fighters have taken it upon themselves to push for fights by using public forums, so UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson thought he might as well do the same.
During a recent episode of UFC Tonight, Henderson requested a future meeting with Georges St-Pierre – should both men successfully defend their titles in upcoming fights.
Just as quickly as “Bendo” made the announcement, it was shot down by UFC president Dana White.
Henderson is one fighter who prefers to do his talking in the Octagon, but if he has to speak up outside of it, that’s quite alright, as well.
“Everyone’s going out, calling out fights,” said Henderson, during a recent appearance on MMAjunkie.com Radio. “If that’s how the UFC works, if that’s the type of organization it is, where you can just willy-nilly go around calling out who you want to fight next, then sure. If that’s how the UFC as a business operates, you call out who you want next and that’s your next guy, I understand that. I’ll do that.”
Henderson, a former WEC champion, has posted a 6-0 mark since joining the UFC. He owns wins over Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz in the past few months, and will meet Gilbert Melendez this April at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez.
He added that he prefers to let UFC officials make his matches, saying, “if that’s not how it’s supposed to work, then whatever. Cool. I won’t call out who I want next and I’ll face whoever they put in front of me, like always.”