MMAFrenzy concludes our main card coverage of UFC 144 with our breakdown of Saturday’s main event. The UFC lightweight title fight between Ben Henderson and champion Frankie Edgar caps off our preview of UFC 144 in a big way as writers Chris Leslie and Bryan Robison break down what each fighter needs to do to either obtain or retain the title.
UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson
Keys for the Champion (BR) – Finally a new opponent for Edgar. After fighting the same guy twice each of the last two years, Edgar has had someone new to train for. The last guy he fought not named Penn or Maynard was Matt Veach in December 2009. Interestingly, he’s fighting a guy in Henderson, who is a solid combination of both Penn and Maynard. While Henderson’s boxing is not as good as Penn’s nor his wrestling as good as Maynard’s, he possesses a strong arsenal of tools.
For Edgar, his advantage in this fight will be his advantage in nearly every fight he will have- his quickness. With his agility and speed, Edgar can wear his opponent down, and he does. With Henderson who is another big lightweight, he will likely look to use his speed to dictate the pace throughout the fight.
He must be weary of Henderson’s underrated submission game, especially his strong guillotine choke. While it’s unlikely for Edgar to risk the fight early by going to for an immediate takedown, he must be on the lookout for Henderson’s attempts to neutralize Edgar’s wrestling.
One other advantage will be Edgar’s striking. Because of all of the punches Edgar throws, Henderson will have to try and keep up in connecting as many punches as Edgar. Henderson is a bigger power puncher than Edgar’s finesse style. With that boxing style, if the fight does go the entire five rounds, Edgar uses that to his advantage in outpointing opponents.