The UFC is set to take stage in Japan for the first time in nearly a decade. The organization will be heading over seas on February 25, 2012 and in the main event will be a lightweight showdown between Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson.
Edgar spoke with Heavy MMA about his upcoming match against Henderson and how it will be a “guessing game”.
I’m excited to go over there just because the Japanese fan base is going to be pretty cool. Pride was huge over there, MMA’s huge – it’s the birthplace of martial arts. So what better place to defend your title than there?… I think they really appreciate the fighting spirit. I bring it every time I fight, so I think they’ll appreciate that…. It’s really tough to predict how he’s going to approach it and what he’s thinking. I think Clay kind of drew him into that fast pace, anyway. Maybe he’ll come in and be more technical, or maybe he’ll be the one who wants to push the pace. That’s the kind of guessing game we’ll be thinking about these next couple of months.
Edgar is coming off of another huge come from behind victory over Gray Maynard at UFC 136 to retain his lightweight title. Henderson won “Fight of the Night” honours in his last fight, which was a unanimous decision victory over Clay Guida at UFC on Fox.