The UFC headed to Japan today to formally announce their Feb. 24 event. Frankie Edgar will put his belt on the line against Benson Henderson. In his past two title defenses, Edgar had to come back from a severe beating early on by Gray Maynard. He came back to earn a draw and a fourth-round knockout, but it's not how Edgar wants every fight to go.
"I'm not trying to make a habit of it," he said. "The punishment I've been taken in the past couple fights, it's like a cat has nine lives. I've used eight lives to get out of that first round. It does make for exciting TV, and it's definitely building my legend, so as long as I come out the victor, I'll get beat up four or five rounds. As long as I come out the victor, I'll do it every time."
That won't be an easy feat against Henderson, who won fights over Clay Guida, Jim Miller and Mark Bocek to earn the chance to fight for the belt. In every bout, Henderson has shown an ability to both deliver a beating and outlast his opponents. Henderson's cardio is one of his strengths. As the one-time WEC champ, Henderson has been in five-round fights before.
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