Although their top contender contest didn’t make it on FOX’s television broadcast, Ben Henderson (Pictured) and Clay Guida ended up putting on the night’s most thrilling show. When their 15-minute affair was all said and done, Henderson left The OC with a unanimous decision victory and next dibs at Frankie Edgar’s UFC lightweight title.
When the former WEC champ was asked how he thinks he’ll fair against the speedy Edgar, Henderson believes he’ll be in the driver’s seat when the cage door slams shut on their shootout.
“I think that matchup is great against Frankie,” Henderson said on FUEL TV’s post-fight coverage. “I think I can dictate where the fight takes place. That’s a huge benefit, obviously to any fight if you can dictate where it goes – whether it stays standing or if it goes to the ground.”
UFC president Dana White confirmed the 155-pounders will headline the Octagon’s return to Japan on February 26th inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama. Now that things are official, Henderson knows exactly how long he’ll get to fine-tune his fight game.
“I’m excited. I got a date with Frankie. Him and I are going to go have fun in Japan,” Henderson added. “I just know I need to find whatever it is to help me put on a better performance in Japan.”
Edgar was last seen posting a dramatic comeback TKO victory over Gray Maynard at UFC 136. The October victory marked his second successful title defense.