Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson set to headline UFC's return to JapanPosted on November 12, 2011, 10:49 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar will put his title on the line when he meets Ben Henderson on February 26th in Japan.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the match-up while fielding questions at the UFC on Fox Post-Fight Press Conference.
Henderson (15-2) cemented his spot as the number-one contender with a closely contested unanimous decision victory over Clay Guida at the inaugural UFC on Fox event. The win marked his third straight since transitioning over from the WEC, defeating Mark Bocek in his octagon debut before derailing Jim Miller back in August.
"I think it's a good match-up style-wise," said Henderson at the Post-Fight Press Conference. "Obviously, I'm as confident as any fighter in the UFC. With Frankie, I think I match up very well, I just have to stick to the gameplan, do a better job of that, but I'm very excited. Frankie and I are going to put on a great show."
Edgar (14-1-1) will look to make his fourth title defense since dethroning B.J. Penn at UFC 112. Following an immediate rematch with Penn, which he won via unanimous decision, "The Answer" fought Xtreme Couture product Gray Maynard in back-to-back outings. After fighting to a draw in their first title bout, Edgar emerged victorious from their second via fourth-round TKO in October.
The Lightweight title clash will headline the promotion's much anticipated return to Japan, which is set to take place February 26th from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Saitama.
Photo:Frank Edgar celebrates his victory over Mark Bocek at UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker