UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar knows that there will always be another challenger awaiting him as long as he wears the gold belt.
Tonight, Edgar will look to defend his title once again when he takes on Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC 144 from Saitama, Japan. The UFC is returning to The Land of the Rising Sun for the first time in more than a decade.
Edgar finally ended his long-running feud with Gray Maynard late in 2011, knocking out “The Bully” and stamping his name among the list of top pound-for-pound fighters out there. In “Smooth,” Edgar knows he will face another worthy challenger.
“Every fight, I would love to get them out of there in 30 seconds and make it a nice, easy day,” said Edgar, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “But that just doesn’t seem how it works for me and I never prepare for that. I’m expecting a war, I know how tough he is, I know he brings a hellacious pace, and he wants it.”
Henderson defeated Jim Miller and Clay Guida to secure his position as #1 contender in the division. He also wore the WEC title before dropping it to Anthony Pettis in one of the best fights of 2010.
“This is the UFC title we’re talking about,” Edgar said. “No one’s gonna walk into this fight not wanting this badly, because I know how I was when I was a challenger, so I gotta approach it as a champion ready for a hungry kid.”
Catch Edgar’s attempt to fend off “Bendo” tonight on PPV at 10:00 PM EST with prelims on Facebook/FX starting approximately three hours earlier.
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