Gilbert Melendez would smash Ben Henderson. Gil does everything better.
Beating Varner and Cerrone doesn't put Henderson in the same catagory as GIlbert Melendez.
Melendez striking is nothing to write home about. It only has looked good because he fought Aoki who has the stand up of a 12 year old girl and Thompson who is a glorified brawler. I think it would be a lot better fight than your giving Bendo credit for.