Frankie Edgar Returns at UFC Japan

November 11, 2011
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Frankie Edgar

UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will look to make his next title defense in Japan on Feb. 26, 2012.

Sources close to the fighter’s camp confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Edgar will likely appear in the main event on the card set to happen at Saitama Super Arena for the UFC’s return card to Japan.

MMAWeekly.com first reported the UFC’s return to Japan over the summer, and now it looks like they have at least one piece for their main event fight.

While no opponent has been set in stone, it’s likely that the winner in the fight this weekend between Benson Henderson and Clay Guida at UFC on Fox 1 will get the shot at Edgar’s title.

Obviouisly, the health of either Henderson or Guida would play into the ultimate decision of who ends up in the fight, but all signs point towards Edgar appearing on the card regardless.

Edgar last fought at UFC 136 in early October where he defended his title against Gray Maynard, finishing his longtime rival with strikes to retain his belt.

The New Jersey native will now make his first appearance in Japan in the UFC’s long awaited return to the land of the rising sun.

UFC officials have been hesitant to call Henderson vs. Guida a No. 1 contender’s match, but with Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez locked up in that promotion, the winner of the fight this weekend at UFC on Fox 1 would be the most likely contender.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on the UFC Japan card when it becomes available.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000618452627 venanciotan

    Joe Lauzon vs Edgar

  • Mario

    Frankie Edgar defending the gold in Japan????

    SICK!!!

    I can’t wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JohnnyDangerously johnnyswindler

    I think if cerrone wins his next fight, he should be considered #1 contender. That’s just me, though…..cerrone is on a tear

  • wonggfan

    How many top 10 fighters has Cerrone beaten?

    • therealmo

      1 lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501891998 josehernandez

    Dennis Siver was in the top ten when Cerrone beat him. I gotta say if the UFC continues to use this method of choosing who fights for titles, we will never see certain matchups. I mean, look at what happened when Serra got a shot at GSP even though Serra was not “on a tear” or had a winning streak or defeated some top 10 fighters. I’m just saying, “keep it fresh”, mix it up a bit!!

    • therealmo

      cerrone’s already got a fight, later this year. It obviously won’t be him

  • KBEsq

    Can’t wait for either possibility. Edgar v. Bendo or Guida would be awesome. I too an secretly cheering for Lauzon. Beating Guillard was huge, and I always like to see guys who don’t look like tough fighters move up into title contention.

  • michaelnorris

    Guida or Bendo would be perfect fights for Edger. Can’t wait for the UFC’s return to Japan.

  • http://www.johnspersonaltraining.com Coach

    It would be awesome to see Clay and Edgar fight. Then again, I like both of them at the top of my favorite Fighters list.