At long last, we finally have clarity on who Benson Henderson was talking to after defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea.
The former UFC lightweight champion took to the microphone and asked if his performance was “impressive enough” to warrant a fight with an unnamed fighter, refusing to reveal who exactly it was he was talking to — until today.
“I heard there were rumors about Georges St-Pierre coming back and how the guys he’s faced off against have to have impressive performances,” Henderson said on The MMA Hour Monday. “I was trying to have an impressive performance to warrant a face-off with Georges St-Pierre. I have always wanted to prove myself as the best fighter on the planet. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”
“I want to prove that, I want to back that up, so to speak, by squaring up with perhaps the greatest welterweight in UFC history in Georges St-Pierre.”
St-Pierre left the sport in 2013 after earning a closely contested unanimous decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. He’s reportedly set to undergo a six-week training camp to determine whether he’s ready for a return to the Octagon.
Having fought through his contract with the UFC, Henderson is currently a free agent mixed martial artist. Unless St-Pierre is suddenly released from his duties as a contracted fighter with the UFC, Henderson would have to re-sign with the Zuffa in order to fulfill any foreseeable hopes of facing off with the former welterweight king.