Leading up to UFC 144, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and opponent Benson Henderson (Pictured) have been more than cordial and complimentary of each other. However, at the end of the day, it’s still a fight and no scrap is complete without a little critiquing.
Through dissecting countless minutes of footage, Henderson believes he’s discovered several areas where he’ll be able to exploit Edgar’s game and tear away his title.
“I can’t say enough about the guy, Frankie is awesome. He’s the champ for a reason, he’s the man – a great chin, a great heart,” the former WEC champ stated during this week’s media workouts.
“I will say though, he does leave holes in his game,” Henderson added. “Against Gray Maynard, he left holes in his game. Against BJ [Penn], he still left a few holes in his game. He managed to get hit by Gray, in both fights.
“He’s managed to show what a great champion he is by coming back from that, but the key when we kinda glossed over it was he did leave those holes in the first place.”
While Edgar was able to floss his Rocky Balboa-esque heart in each bout against Maynard, specifically this past October when he entered deep waters in the 1stRound and rallied to knockout his much larger nemesis, Henderson claims he’ll make “The Answer” pay if he’s presented with the same opportunities.
“If he lets me touch his chin, if he lets me grab his neck, if he lets me grab his arm, if I can grab an ankle, if I can grab a knee bar, whatever I can grab, I’ll be walking away with that and the belt,” Henderson confidently said. “What can I say? He does leave holes in his game.”
Their 155-pound affair headlines tomorrow night’s pay-per-view broadcast, which takes place inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.