Frankie Edgar Knows His Hands Are Full Against Henderson at UFC 144

November 28, 2011
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UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson

Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson

Frankie Edgar headlines UFC Japan: Edgar vs. Henderson on Feb. 26 against Benson Henderson. The UFC lightweight champion knows he has his hands full when he tries to defend his title for the fourth time at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Henderson is undefeated since arriving in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, putting together three impressive unanimous decision wins.

He solidified his UFC title shot by decisively defeating contenders Jim Miller and Clay Guida in his last two outings.

The former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight titleholder combines a lethal cocktail of speed and agility coupled with a solid wrestling base, impressive submission defense, and one-punch knockout power in his hands. He can overwhelm you early or outlast you late.

“He’s been on a tear since he came over from the WEC,” said Edgar during a UFC 144 press conference in Japan on Monday. “He’s beat all the top contenders, so he’s more deserving of a title shot. He’s real exciting.”

It’s an intriguing match-up of fighters with similar skill sets.

Like most of his fights, Edgar will be the smaller man entering the cage that night, but being outmatched by size is something he’s dealt with his entire career. What he has going for him is a lot of what Henderson brings to the table.

Edgar has good wrestling, is quick on his feet, and displays some of mixed martial arts’ finest boxing. He has a chin and heart and the determination to push through adversity. Still, he knows Henderson is a formidable opponent.

“He’s young and hungry, so I know I‘ve got my hands full,” said the UFC champion.

Stylistically, it’s hard to bet against the match-up not receiving at least one of the post-fight bonuses handed out by the promotion for in-Octagon performances.

Henderson, too, has a chin, has shown resilience under fire, and is driven by a belief that he’s destined to be world champion.

“I know it will be a good one,” stated Edgar. “He’s a good fighter, so I’m going to go in there and do everything I’ve got to do to win.”

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  • storgs

    dear staff from mma weekly. I was wondering if there was a lot of press from japan at the press conference? I am curious too see how the japanese people will take to the ufc.

  • shakejunt

    “one-punch knockout power”
    … are we speaking of the correct Henderson?

  • mma24069

    I thought B.j would beat him. He didn’t, same with Maynard. If Henderson can establish some take downs which I think he can then he will beat edgar. Edgars stand up has looked amazing once he gets going along with his movement, if Henderson mixes up his kicks and punches, add his crazy style he can make it his fight to win.

  • Mario

    I still don’t agree with Dana White about the whole #2 pound for pound deal, but Frankie is definitely tough as nails.

    If he beats Benson in Japan, I’ll be a believer of “The Answer”. Benson Henderson is the top contender and these are the guys Edgar needs to defeat in succession to be considered top of the mountain.

    Should be an interesting battle.

  • BenH4lifefan4

    I can’t WAIT for this fight!! If it’s A PPV Fight, I guess I’ll have to put out for it, BEN is my FAVORITE MMA/UFC FIGHTER!!GO BEN!!