The main event for the UFC’s return to Japan is set as lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will face Benson Henderson.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the booking at the UFC on Fox post-fight press conference on Saturday.
MMAWeekly.com first reported Edgar being in the main event for the Japan show earlier this week, and it was likely that the winner between tonight’s fight between Benson Henderson and Clay Guida would get the shot.
Henderson came away with the unanimous decision victory and now he will get his shot at Edgar and the UFC lightweight belt.
Following his third straight win, Henderson is ready for the challenge to face Frankie Edgar, and he likes the way he matches up with the world’s top 155-pound fighter.
“I think the match-up is great against Frankie. I think I can dictate where the fight takes place,” said Henderson. “That’s obviously a huge benefit to any fight, if you can dictate where it goes, whether it stays standing or whether it goes to the ground.”
Henderson was one fight away from a title shot when he had his last match-up in the WEC, but now, just three fights later, he’s back in the mix.
“I’m excited. I’ve got a date with Frankie. Him and I are going to go have fun in Japan,” Henderson said. “I’m very excited for that. I just know I need to find whatever it is to have a better performance in Japan.”
The show in Japan will go down at Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 26 for the UFC’s first show there since UFC 25 in 2000.