First off, we can set one thing straight: the words “Bendo” and “superfight” don’t make sense together in any kind of reality, alternate of otherwise, but if you toss in Georges’ name it’s bound to happen. As if the most awkward marriage proposal in the history of awkward marriage proposals wasn’t enough, Henderson told ESPN on Friday he’d also be making some bad professional decisions if he had Joe Silva’s job:
I’m getting older. I’m 29 now, almost 30. At my age, it’s getting hard for me to make the weight class at 155. So I wouldn’t mind having a break and having one fight at 170 – having a St-Pierre fight… I want to maintain my integrity. I don’t want to be one of those guys who cut 20 pounds of water weight and I step in the cage and look sloppy or look fat and don’t perform well… I’m still ahead of the curve, but I am slowing down. I have to work that much harder, but I can still make 155 for the rest of my career. I can do it. I’m not against doing it.
(Translation: Cutting weight makes me grumpy! I’d rather not do it, but only if it means I get a shot at a taking St-Pierre’s welter title. Then I’m back at 155 for the rest of my career.)
Yes, everyone knows cutting weight is terrible and your metabolism is not going to perform at Mike Dolce levels forever. But if Benson thinks he’s got it bad, all he has to do is take a look at tanks like Gray Maynard or Gleison Tibau, who walk around out of camp north of 180 pounds.
Fortunately, this speculation of a GSP / Henderson Best Decision Winner Superfight is all for naught unless (cross your fingers) some out of control gypsy curse strikes down Anderson Silva, Jonny Hendricks, and the entirety of a reinvigorated WW division. So Bendo will have to put down whatever voodoo doll he’s holding (Joe Silva? GSP?), and snap back to reality. He’ll either squeak out another decision over Maynard, or get finished by TJ Grant’s razor elbows (a girl can dream) before he can plan any fantastical heist of the welterweight title.
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