Frankie Edgar Wants Quick Win at UFC Japan

December 5, 2011
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UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar hasn’t had a quick win since becoming the champion by defeating B.J. Penn at UFC 112 in April of 2010, but he hopes to change that in his UFC: Japan (UFC 144) main event bout with Benson Henderson.

“I’d like it to be a quick fight, but that doesn’t seem how it goes for me,” Edgar said at a press conference promoting the event on Monday.

In his four UFC title fights, Edgar has gone the distance three times.

He defeated Penn twice by unanimous decision. He then came back after nearly being finished in the first round in a rematch with Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day 2011 to retain the title by salvaging a draw. Edgar retained the belt, but still hadn’t defeated Maynard. Maynard handed the champion the lone loss on his resume back in April of 2008.

The two would go to battle a third time at UFC 136 on Oct. 8. Eerily similar to their UFC 125 bout, Maynard battered Edgar in the first round and was on the verge of winning, but Edgar survived, again, and rallied back to finish his nemesis late in the fourth round by knockout.

“I’m not trying to make a habit of it, taking the punishment I’ve been taking in the last couple of fights,” he said. “It’s like a cat has nine lives and I don’t know how many lives I have to get out of that first round if that happens again.

“Usually my fights are exciting. Past two fights I took some damage and been able to come back, so it makes it exciting for the fans. I know it will be a good one (with Henderson). He’s a good fighter. I’ll do everything I can do in there to win,” added Edgar.

While training and preparing every day to avoid taking punishment and having to comeback in fights after flirting with the fine line that separates whether a referee stops the fight or not, Edgar looks back on his last two fights with a slight grin.

“It does make for exciting TV, and it’s definitely building my legend,” said the lightweight champion. “As long as I come out the victor, I’ll get beat up for four or five rounds. As long as I come out the winner, I’ll do it every time.”

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  • kwokkuiechung

    Shouldn’t it be “Frankie Edgar hasn’t had a quick win since BEFORE becoming the champion by defeating B.J. Penn” since Frankie didn’t win that fight quickly.

    • The only reason he want’s it to be a short night is because he believes in his punching power,which he proved in he’s last fight. On the other hand ben has in incredible chin so this should be in awesome fight both have raw talent.

  • Let’s go henderson!

  • shakejunt

    The only way I see this ending early is if Ben catches him in a choke early and gases his arms before Frankie taps.

  • Mario

    Frankie will lose this fight.

    He was never known as a finisher.

    Ben Henderson via one sided decision.

  • adice89

    The only way Frankie wins if it goes into the 4th or 5th rounds….With that being said Henderson is a damn beast and I actually see him winning this fairly easy, Frankie is just a bit too small for Ben. I just see him getting bullyed around too much.

  • RubeKegal

    Edgar will win and you can quote me!

  • shereko

    Edgar is too small and will get bullied? Wth, he just beat “the Bully” and Penn where either could fight at 170, he has as good of a shot to win this as any fight, Im not a fan of either but I’ll take Frankie in 4. Quote it, write it down, take a damn picture… As sure as he got “Showtime kicked” Ben, Benson, Benaroni, Bennaramma ding dang will lose… Then get a haircut.

  • Only way Frankie has a short night against Henderson is if he loses. Ben is as tough as they come and I don’t see him getting stopped.

    That being said, I don’t know who wins this fight. Solid match up and I think it goes the distance.

  • bajafox

    I can see Frankie dropping down to 145 in the near future…