Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Benson Henderson took notice that his peers are being granted high-profile mixed martial arts (MMA) match ups with fighters outside their respective weight classes. So, naturally, Henderson figured he would get in on the action, too, calling out welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
On Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, Ariel Helwani reported the reigning 155-pound champion is eyeing a "super fight" with 170-pound kingpin St. Pierre if "Smooth" is able to win his upcoming title defense against Gilbert Melendez at UFC on FOX 7: "Henderson vs. Melendez" on April 20, 2013.
Helwani, who spoke to Henderson's manager Malki Kawa, reported that the champion is by no means overlooking his scheduled fight against Melendez. On the contrary, he just wants to test himself against a fighter who many believe to be one of the top pound-for-pound athletes in the sport.
While Henderson's ambition is all well and good, UFC President Dana White says not so fast.
The UFC boss was in-studio for an interview with "UFC Tonight" hosts Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian shortly after Helwani's report, and stated that Henderson isn't going anywhere, because he still has a lot of work to do in the lightweight division.
"It's not going to happen," White said. "He just won that title not too long ago, there's plenty of guys in the 155-pound division to defend the title against, and a possible fight with Jose Aldo if Aldo moves up and stays at 155."
Despite quickly shutting down any hopes of a "champion vs. champion" bout, White says he can't hold the request against his champion, because he knows Henderson is aware of the fact a fight against St. Pierre would do wonders for his career.
"I don't blame Ben Henderson for wanting to go to 170," he said. "That's the big money fight, the big money fight is Georges St. Pierre, everybody knows it. If you're not fighting him you want to be fighting on his card, you know what I mean?"
Never say never, especially at this rate.