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Diego Sanchez: “I feel like that belt’s there for the taking.”

Benson Henderson - MMAWEEKLYUFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson has successfully defended his gold on three occasions with two of the tilts resulting in a Split Decision. In both bouts, Henderson was seen as having escaped with the belt by the skin of his teeth rather than being the victim of questionable scoring, creating doubts in the minds of many rather than fear in the hearts of his peers.

Diego Sanchez has taken note of Henderson’s performance since winning the title and, in his opinion, it won’t be long until “Bendo” can no longer lay claim to the divisional strap.

“After watching Benson Henderson’s performance against Gilbert Melendez, I must say, I wasn’t impressed. I see a lot of holes in his game, and I feel like that belt’s there for the taking,” said Sanchez in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “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.”

The 24-5 Sanchez is hoping he’ll be the one to exploit Henderson’s flaws inside the Octagon, though “The Dream” certainly has some work to do first. Like Henderson, he too is coming off a closely-contested decision win and will need to win at least two more times before making a legitimate argument for top contendership.

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