Frankie Edgar will look to "start strong" against Ben HendersonPosted on February 20, 2012, 02:29 PM by Joey Santosus
"I'm really not concerned too much about where the fight goes. It could go anywhere. So, I've got to be ready for that. I want to come out strong in the first-round, and if I can win the first-round and build from there, that would obviously be the best scenario. Even in my last two fights I wanted to get off to a strong start, but that's not the way it happened. I don't want to be down big in a fight against Ben Henderson. So, I've got to make sure that I'm on my A-game right out of the gate." - UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar
Despite the Rocky comparisons and "Fight of the Year" awards, Frankie Edgar isn't looking for a repeat performance in Japan.
At least, not exactly. After staging an amazing comeback from a heavy first-round deficit in both his second and third encounters with Gray Maynard, Edgar says he'll be looking to get off to a strong start when he meets Ben Henderson at UFC 144.
Following close contests with both Maynard and B.J. Penn, each of which resulted in instant rematches, Henderson will mark just the third opponent that Edgar has faced in five-consecutive title fights. Though the New Jersey native has managed to emerge with the belt intact from each of those match-ups, he acknowledges the potential consequences of falling behind against "Smooth." But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Will Edgar have an answer for his first-round curse, or will Henderson put him in a position that not even "The Comeback Kid" can overcome?
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