"Ben is obviously a gamer, he always comes to fight and fight hard. From what I know, he is a real good dude and respectful, so add that to an intense work ethic and that's a great recipe for success. ... To me, a big win earns a title shot. I want to win big so that there is no question about my title shot. Everyone hyped Melvin Guillard as the obvious next shot, but then he lost in the first-round to Joe (Lauzon). So, I figure with a big win, then it's my turn for that title shot.
-- When Frankie Edgar successfully defended his lightweight championship at UFC 136 with a knockout victory over Gray Maynard, it ended a near year-long logjam at the top of the 155-pound division. During that time, more than a few worthy candidates made their case for a title shot before eventually losing and falling out of contention, much like Melvin Guillard did when he was submitted by Joe Lauzon at the very same event. The two men left who have just kept winning are Clay Guida and Ben Henderson, who are, conveniently enough, matched up against one another at the upcoming UFC on FOX 1 event this Sat., Nov. 12, 2011, in Anaheim, California. And while the fight has not officially been deemed a number one contender bout, Guida, at least, thinks (via LowKick.com) that's exactly what it should be. A win, if "The Carpenter" can register one, would give him five in a row and make highest ranked UFC lightweight outside of the previously mentioned Edgar and Maynard. That's a roundabout way of saying there simply isn't anyone left. Are you ready for Clay Guida to (potentially) challenge for the 155-pound championship? Or should the UFC President Dana White wait for Gilbert Melendez to come on over from Strikeforce for a title unification bout if it's still possible after his December bout against Jorge Masvidal?