(Rematches? Bendo don’t need no stinkin’ rematches.)
In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun following his second win in a row over Donald Cerrone at the generic Aldo vs. Faber event in Sacramento, CA this past weekend WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson says that he isn’t interested in fighting any of the guys he has faced in the past. If he has his way, which is very unlikely given the WEC’s penchant for rematches (see Faber vs. Brown or Faber vs. Pulver), it would mean that the promotion would have to bring in a new roster of talent, considering his list of former opponents include the top contenders in the division like former champ Jamie Varner, Anthony Njokuani and Shane Roller.
When asked by Brett Okamoto whether he was impressed by Roller’s first round submission win over Njokuani (who, in an interview prior to the event told the reporter that he was in talks to face the winner of Henderson-Cerrone) Saturday night, Henderson replied, “I did catch Shane’s performance (Saturday) and he had a smart game plan. But I’m not looking to rematch people I’ve fought before. If I fight somebody and knock him out in a minute-thirty, do I want to fight him again? No; not so much.”
Roller addressed the comment made by Henderson at the post-fight press conference, pointing out that he had the champ in trouble when they fought.
“I want the belt he’s got, that’s what I’m after,” Roller said. “He did finish me in a minute-thirty, but I think he doesn’t want to fight me because I hurt him. I think it’s a great thing and I want a rematch.”
Maybe the WEC should have brought Roller into the cage to interrupt Henderson’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan to inquire about the rematch and ask why the champ is ducking him. I hear that’s a more effective way of getting what you ask for in this sport.