When UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson steps into the Octagon on December 8 to put his gold up for grabs he may be facing former title-holder Frankie Edgar for a third time, at least in a manner of speaking that is. Though Edgar won’t literally be in the infamous eight-sided cage with “Bendo”, he has trained with top contender Nate Diaz before in the past based on the relationship between their camps and appears open to the notion of doing it again.
Edgar fought to close decisions in both of his bouts with Henderson with the most recent involving a bit of controversy in that many onlookers felt “The Answer” had done enough to earn the judges’ nod. With more than 45 minutes in the ring with Henderson, the Renzo Gracie-trained Edgar no doubt has experience the Cesar Gracie-trained Diaz could benefit from and, fortunately, is willing to share it.
“If Nate would need my help or would ask for my help, I would love to help him out. We got some work in last time that was really good. If I could help him out, of course I would,” said Edgar in an interview on Sherdog Radio.
As far as how he sees the bout unfolding given his knowledge of both parties, Edgar stopped short of making an actual pick but acknowledged the challenge Henderson is in for later this year.
“I just think that Nate comes forward so much, I don’t know how Ben will deal with that…Nate’s length,” stated Edgar, adding, “He’s got great, great jiu-jitsu. I feel the wrestling edge will probably go to Ben, but if you look at Nate’s last performances, he’s gotten so good everywhere. He fought Jim Miller, and Jim Miller couldn’t take him down. Jim Miller’s a pretty high-level wrestler too. I think Nate’s definitely a great match-up for Ben.”
Regarding his own future, Edgar simply said he plans to take some time off and will weight what his next move will be over the coming weeks.
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