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Ben Henderson vs Melvin Guillard? 'Smooth' says it's up to the UFC matchmakers

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Ben Henderson is pretty flexible.

I'm sure that seems fairly obvious after watching Jim Miller tug-and-slug his way to a three round unanimous decision loss last night (Aug. 14) at UFC on Versus 5, but Bendo was his name-o for more than just his propensity for surviving submission attempts.

He's flexible outside the cage as well.

That's probably why he wasn't standing on the table at the "Hardy vs. Lytle" post-fight press conference, demanding a future title shot or calling out the big guns of the UFC lightweight division.

Simply put, it's the promotion's job, not his, to decide who --and when -- he fights next.

"Whoever's next up the ladder, whoever's next in line," Henderson told MMA Weekly. "I just realized sitting next to 'Cowboy' (Cerrone), Jackson's has some tough 155-pounders! They have (Clay) Guida, they have (Melvin) Guillard and they have Cowboy, I didn't even realize it. They have three of the top guys all at their gym, but whoever. Like I said, I don't care, I'm not the matchmaker. I just want the next guy, whoever's in line, whoever Sean Shelby, Joe Silva or Dana White, whoever they say or think, let's do that."

Henderson, who not only beat Jim Miller, is starting to sound a little like him as well.

The former top contender, like "Smooth," wasn't one to name drop or make divisional demands. Did it cost him the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard?

That's difficult to say, just as it's difficult to say who wins if (and when) Henderson finds his way into the shark tank known as Jackson's MMA.

If you're going to be a top lightweight, sooner or later you're going to have to get through Clay Guida and/or Melvin Guillard.

And you know a rematch against Anthony Pettis is lurking somewhere down the road.

Whaddaya say Maniacs, which one of these future fights intrigues you the most?

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