April 19, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Benson Henderson aspires to one day soon fight Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
The UFC lightweight champion will need to know he can take a mighty punch and deal with a strong ground-and-pound fighter before then.
So his Saturday title defense against Gilbert Meldendez on the seventh UFC on Fox card at San Jose’s HP Pavilion should be a good test.
Melendez (21-2) is the former Strikeforce lightweight champion from San Francisco who made six successful title defenses before the organization folded into the UFC last year.
“Gilbert is not the most technical fighter, but he has a lot of power in his hands,” Henderson said. “He’s very tough.”
So is Henderson, of course. The 29-year-old fighter (18-2) has beaten Clay Guida, ex-champion Frankie Edgar twice and Nate Diaz in his last four fights, moving to clean out the division and strengthen his case to UFC leaders to give him St-Pierre.
[Updated, 5:20 p.m.: UFC President Dana White says that Henderson is on their radar but he “has a way to go.”
“Everyone wants him. He’s where the money’s at,” White added.]
Henderson can increase his name recognition on Fox.
He says he’ll do the same things he usually does to win: “apply pressure, get him tired and beat him up.”
Henderson said by winning here he would convince the architect of his career, Coach John Crouch, that he is ready for long-reigning champion St-Pierre.
Crouch “says that’s the smart choice … win here, and let’s do it. That’ll be an interesting fight.”
The Fox card, starting at 5 p.m. Pacific time, also includes a heavyweight bout between former UFC champion Frank Mir and Strikeforce champion Daniel Cormier of San Jose with Nate Diaz fighting Josh Thomson.
Gilbert Meldendez was born on April 12th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Melendez
April 12th, 1982
4 + 12 +1+9+8+2 = 36 = his life lesson = Having his work cut out for him. Maximum effort required.
April 12th, 1982
4 + 12 +2+0+1+3 = 22 = his personal year (from November 16th, 2012 to November 15th, 2013) = Lucky. Things turn into a three-ring circus.
22 year + 4 (April) = 26 = his personal month (from April 12th, 2013 to May 11th, 2013) = In the news. Making headlines.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
7932592 453455458 80
his path of destiny = 80 = Devastating.
predictions for the year 2013 are at:
discover some of your own numerology for FREE at:
learn numerology from numerologist to the world, Ed Peterson: