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Benson Henderson Focusing Entirely On Gilbert Melendez

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson isn’t looking past Gilbert Melendez – and rightfully so.

The two will meet later this month at UFC on FOX 7 in the main event, with Henderson’s title on the line.

Following some comments made by “Smooth” regarding a potential super-fight with Georges St-Pierre, many wondered if he was overlooking “El Nino.” Henderson made sure to let everyone know that is not the case during a recent conference call.

“I’m definitely not looking past Gilbert,” Henderson said. “He might not have the biggest name (in the sport), and there might be bigger fights, but I know how tough Gil is. He’s the Strikeforce champion and has been rated in the top-two or three on the planet.”

Henderson’s career has taken off since joining the ranks of the UFC, as he has posted an unbeaten record and defeated Frankie Edgar twice. Being called a champion, though, is of little interest to him.

“I am only worried about winning every fight,” he said. “I don’t care about belts and all that stuff. Going into any fight, you just have to win. It doesn’t matter if belts are on the line; I don’t care. I’m just going to go out there and win every single fight.”

Henderson has made it known that his desire is to surpass Anderson Silva’s record for successful title defenses. With a win over Melendez, he’ll have three to his record – still quite a ways to go to surpass “The Spider.”

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