Coming off his impressive performance against Clay Guida at “UFC on Fox 1,” WEC import Ben Henderson is feeling pretty confident with his abilities. The 27 year old MMA fighter is set to face current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, and Henderson is pretty confident the belt will change hands when they meet.
“I think I can hold an advantage in a lot of places, where ever I take it,” Henderson told MMAWeekly.com. “I think my boxing’s a little bit better than his. I haven’t really showcased that in a fight yet in the Octagon. I think my kickboxing is better, I think my Muay Thai is better, I think my wrestling is better, I think my jiu-jitsu is better. If I can put it all together and perform well when the lights are on and when it’s time to actually perform, I think I definitely hold the edge.”
Henderson will have his hands full against Edgar, but I do think their styles matchup nicely. Both are well rounded MMA fighters with more than enough cardio to go five rounds. Edgar is one of the toughest lightweights in the UFC to takedown and control, but Henderson should be up to the task.
I’m not sure I agree with Henderson’s claim that he’s the better boxer though. Edgar has evolved into one of the best boxers in the UFC, and he’s also shown that he can take a punch. Edgar’s footwork is top notch as well, and Henderson will have to work extra hard for every strike he lands.
Henderson does have the size advantage over Edgar, and I do think it will be a factor in the fight. While Edgar has faced some pretty tough opponents in the past, Henderson might prove to be his toughest test to date. Both MMA fighters seem to be peaking right now and the fight between the two should be quite entertaining.