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Ben Henderson Doesn’t Want Any More Rematches

(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.

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sp00ki kabuki- April 28, 2010 at 11:15 am
the best way to do things would be to fold the wec and bring All of the divisions to the ufc. if you have HW, LHW, MW, WW, LW, FW, BW, and throw in a 125lb weight class and call it fly weight. you then have 8 weight classes and belts, and every champ can fight twice a year. That way you have a title fight on every ppv and a #1 contender fight, along with some good matchups that dont have title implications. thats three fights on every card that would be able to headline their own event plus 3 or 4 prelim fights to help build the brand and the sport.
budsellers- April 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm
they have the same problem with aldo, dont they?
Mr_Misanthropy- April 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm
In my opinion, my goal is to watch fights. Good fights, fights with violence, fights with blood, different fights. Meaningful fights? I like those. Old dudes fighting off their tired names? On occasion, as long as they fight. Chicks fighting, kids fighting, street brawls, bar fights, bum fights, prison fights, gang fights. Riots. So yeah, whoever puts on the fights, I spectate.
Ratel- April 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm
Totally. They can't keep rematching him against the same three or four guys all the time. I think he'll do well in the UFC. I'd love to see him take Gray Maynard apart, and then he can move on to Nate Diaz and Joe Stevenson as well. I think all three of those guys will be demolished by Henderson. Make it happen.
DazedNConfused- April 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm
I think this is his way of subtly telling the WEC/UFC organization that he wants to move up to the 155 division of the UFC. Honestly I think he deserves it. Bring it on.
gameface- April 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm
bendo has a point, hes has cleared out the division and the only challenger that gave him trouble he extended a rematch to and won quickly and decisively. unfortunately for him, hes not going to get what he wants, that being dana to go cultivate some new talent for him to face... its not gonna happen like that. they may be able to scrounge up a fighter or two, but nothing serious. his best chance at some serious opponents if to jump into the big brothers pool and fight in the ufc.... but i dont see that happening either. so...looks like were gonna get stale rematches, which is a shame, because i honestly see him losing his belt that way. maybe not immediately, however, he will lose his drive facing all these people hes already grounded, his training will suffer, he will eventually get lazy and get caught by a weaker opponent... just dont see how it could happen any other way. thoughts?
shitbag- April 27, 2010 at 11:36 am
Ok, so free tits it is?

Who is supplying the tits?
ReX13- April 27, 2010 at 11:06 am
Cecil_pupils>> Thanks man, it's great to be back.

(I suffered from DNS poisoning at work and was unable to access CP since Friday afternoon. The past couple of days have sucked angry donkey dick.)
cecils_pupils- April 27, 2010 at 10:59 am
sweeet... ReX13 is back in da house. Nice to see you fixed the DNS problem homie.
ReX13- April 27, 2010 at 10:38 am
cecils_pupils>> good plan. i think this PPV may push Zuffa towards adding 35 and 45 to the UFC, and folding in the best fighters from WEC to UFC. One can hope.
cecils_pupils- April 27, 2010 at 10:28 am
Back to the topic at hand, IMO the solution is to fold the WEC lightweight division into the UFC. Start off with a belt unification match between the 2 current champs and start matching-up WEC guys with UFC guys. Then, kick back and watch the fun begin.

Basically, what BENarnoldFowlks said. Nice match-ups BTW.

cecils_pupils- April 27, 2010 at 10:21 am
Those are all clever, but I like FREE TITS the best.
destinationblood- April 27, 2010 at 10:18 am
WEC should do tournament style fights on Vs. and then hold the finals on Pay-Per-View
Poop on da wall- April 27, 2010 at 10:17 am
let's just shorten FREETO to FRO!
El Famous Burrito- April 27, 2010 at 9:55 am
Can we shorten "FREE TITO!" to just "FREETO!"?
HardBoiled- April 27, 2010 at 9:47 am
Roller will get his ass kicked again. WAR BENDO!
Goog- April 27, 2010 at 9:44 am
This is great thinking, actually. I'll bet the Colts and Patriots are tired of beating all the same old teams in the NFL by 30+ points. We need to bring in the Euro teams or start some new franchises. This is tired.
jimbonics- April 27, 2010 at 9:25 am
Bring the whole god damned thing to the UFC and have two title defenses every PPV.

Fuck the dumb shit.
Kid Clam Curtains- April 27, 2010 at 9:16 am
The WEC 155 division is shitty. Bring henderson to the UFC and let Roller dry hump his way to the title.
BENedictArnoldFOWLKES- April 27, 2010 at 9:15 am
Ufc must take the 155ers from WEC for some fresh meat and interesting match ups. Henderson vs. Penn, Roller vs. Florian, Varner vs. Maynard etc.
shitbag- April 27, 2010 at 9:11 am