It’s been nearly two months since the UFC announced lightweight champion Benson Henderson would face former title-holder Frankie Edgar in an immediate rematch of their February fight and still no date has been set for the scrap. In fact, it appears Henderson is as in the dark about the bout as most folks, patiently awaiting word from his superiors while staying busy in the gym.
“I’m ready to go now. We can do it now. I’ve gotta cut a little weight first but I’m ready to go right now,” laughed Henderson when asked for his take on the topic last weekend after UFC 145 had concluded. “It’s up to Dana (White), whatever they think is best time-wise, but I’m down for whatever.”
While he may not be ready for the scale yet, Henderson was happy to weigh in on how he was approaching Edgar this time around with the roles of champion-challenger being reversed.
“I don’t really think about to much as defending the belt as going out there and doing whatever it takes to get my hand raised, no matter what it is. Whether you’re winning the belt, defending the belt, whether it’s your first time in the UFC, whether it’s your first time being on the main card, whatever it is…it’s just get your hand raised,” explained the polished 28-year old.
Currently the most logical destinations for Henderson vs. Edgar II appear to be UFC 149 on July 21 or UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles a few weeks later. Time certainly appears to be of the essence as well in terms of making the match-up, as the next #1 contender to the lightweight belt will be revealed on May 5 when Jim Miller meets Nate Diaz in the main event at UFC on FOX 3.
Watch the full interview with “Bendo” below:
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC