Following his split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea, Benson Henderson took the mic and asked if his victory “impressive enough to warrant facing off with you.”

At the time the “you” in question was not identified and with Henderson now a free-agent  this mysterious call out quickly became a hot topic in the mixed martial arts community.

But now, almost two weeks later, Henderson not only revealed who his unnamed future opponent was, but said he wasn’t even aware his comments hard garnered such a following.

“Is that a mystery?” Henderson said laughing during an appearance on the MMA Hour. “I didn’t think that was a mystery.

“I heard there were rumors about Georges St-Pierre coming back and the guys he faced off against, they had to have impressive performances,” said Henderson. “They had to have an impressive enough performance to warrant a face-off with Georges St-Pierre.”

This revelation should come as no surprise to fight fans as St-Pierre. famously announced he was “not impressed” by the performance of his next opponent in Matt Hughes following his victory over B.J. Penn at UFC 63. The quote quickly became synonymous with the former champion.

St-Pierre (25-2) has not competed since defending his 170-pound title against Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November 2013. This victory marked the Canadian’s ninth consecutive title defense 19th total win under the UFC banner. However, immediately after his win, “Rush” announced he would be stepping away from the sport.

But now two years later, news broke that St-Pierre was planning a six-week training camp to determine if his itch to compete was still there.

So for Henderson, the call out of St-Pierre made perfect sense.

“I have always wanted to prove myself as the best fighter on the planet,” said Henderson. “I know I have a long ways to go, I have to work my butt off.  I want to prove that and back that up by squaring up with perhaps the greatest welterweight in UFC history, GeorgesSt-Pierre..

“I’m moving up to 170 [pounds] now and I heard he was training again or thinking about fighting again. I don’t hold the truth to any of that. It’s all rumors. I don’t know much but that’s who was talking about. Was my performance impressive enough?”

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.