Benson Henderson will put his UFC lightweight title on the line this Saturday night against Gilbert Melendez in the main event of UFC on FOX 7.
Melendez, the last Strikeforce 155-pound champion, will enter the contest on a lengthy win streak. However, while his resume is one of the best in the world, his skills are not atop the charts – according to Henderson’s trainer, John Crouch.
“Honestly, he’s pretty good at everything. I wouldn’t say he’s awesome at anything. And I don’t mean that as a diss. I mean that as a compliment because his real strength is his spirit and his, ‘I’m going to win this fight.’ His will to win,” Crouch said, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “He’s just going to win, he’s going to do it no matter what it takes. I think that’s his real strength. That’s really hard to beat in somebody. If they feel they’re going to win, that’s a tough thing to deal with.”
Henderson has successfully defended his title against Frankie Edgar and Nate Diaz, the latter of which is a teammate of Melendez’ at Cesar Gracie’s gym in California.