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    Default Diego Sanchez says champ Benson Henderson's title 'there for the taking'

    Diego Sanchez says champ Benson Henderson's title 'there for the taking' | News

    "After watching Benson Henderson's performance against Gilbert Melendez, I must say, I wasn't impressed," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (MMA Radio, UFC Radio - MMAjunkie Radio). "I see a lot of holes in his game, and I feel like that belt's there for the taking."

    UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Milwaukee's Bradley Center. Sanchez said he will be part of the event's pay-per-view main-card.

    Earlier this month, lightweight champ Henderson defended his belt a third time with a split-decision win over former Strikeforce titleholder Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7. The champ is now expected to meet the winner of an upcoming bout between two-time title challenger Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant at UFC 160.

    Henderson wants to exceed middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva as the winningest champ in UFC history, but Sanchez doubts he'll be able to do it.

    "I don't see that," he said. "I see a man who is growing in his martial arts experience. A great fighter, but I see holes in his game, and I really felt he lost that fight to Gilbert."

    Sanchez fought for the lightweight title at UFC 107, where then-champ B.J. Penn stopped him in the fifth round. Sanchez then returned to the welterweight class, where he went 2-2 and racked up three consecutive "Fight of the Night" bonuses against top-tier competition.

    After a decision loss to Jake Ellenberger, he returned to lightweight, where he came in two pounds heavy and narrowly outpointed Takanori Gomi at UFC on FUEL TV 8.

    Sanchez admitted he was "undersized" as a welterweight and said he was better suited to a 165-pound weight class.

    "But as of now, there isn't, so I have to do what I have to do and make some sacrifices and get down to 155," he said. "I feel that when I'm on, nobody can beat me at 155."

    Watching UFC on FOX 7, Sanchez said he noticed several flaws in Henderson's game that he could exploit.

    "He's strong, but in the Gilbert fight, he didn't try to do one takedown the whole fight, which I think a champion would see, 'I'm not dominating this fight in the standup, so let's work for something else. Let's try to change it up and at least get some points,'" Sanchez said. "At least try to win some rounds more convincingly, the way he did with Jim Miller. But he was just very content in his striking style and throwing the kicks. I saw it as a mediocre performance, and I think I can get in there and beat this guy."
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    Great assessment of the Benson/Gil fight by Diego.

    Now, if only Diego can give one about his fights with Gomi and Kampmann.

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    I don't know about Diego, but I think Grant can beat Benson. Not sure about Maynard as he doesn't handle distance as well and I think Pettis still gets grappled down.
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    I wouldnt mind seeing Gilbert vs Diego
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    Sanchez is not close enough to a shot at a belt to even talk about a belt
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    I don't have Sanchez top 20 at either WW or LW. There is nothing there for him to be taking from anyone, except lessons on refocusing his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    I don't have Sanchez top 20 at either WW or LW. There is nothing there for him to be taking from anyone, except lessons on refocusing his career.

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    Yea, but I bet he's two wins away from a title shot.
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    Bendo/Diego would look like McMann/Gaff, in that, one of the fighters would idiotically charge forward completely oblivious and get posterized by the superior grappler onto their back.

    Diego fights dumb and has too many strikes against him(with regard to technique holes and gaps) to ever be regarded as a top tier fighter.

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    Agree he a way off for a title fight, but as Kevo said 2 wins and the UFC hype machine he a contender again.lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    Yea, but I bet he's two wins away from a title shot.
    Or they could just give it to him based on nothing. The UFC doesn't seem to be above that at all lately.

    We want to see the best fight the best. Or, in some cases, see the best fight someone who has no business being in the same cage as the best. Thank you Dan White.
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