With roles reversed, we now have UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) II to look forward to for UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado on August 11. Both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, as we can expect to hear the official word from the UFC shortly. The venue will be Denver’s Pepsi center, home to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, with a capacity of 21,000.
It was after much diligence on Edgar’s part that the bout was made. Following the loss of his title at UFC 144 this past February in Japan, Edgar was asked by UFC President Dana White to drop to 145 lbs. where he would be similar in size to his opponents. Edgar stood his ground, calling for the rematch which was eventually granted after much debating. The loss marked only his second in his career, as his first came at the hands of Gray Maynard, only to be avenged by a KO victory at UFC 136.
Former WEC champion turned UFC champion, Henderson will look to emphatically prove this time around that he is in fact the rightful lightweight champion. Undefeated in his UFC career, Henderson promises to outdo middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s title defense record. With such a stacked division, there is no doubt Henderson will have his chance to prove his claims. He will need to also get past another top contender in Anthony Pettis, the last man to defeat him and take his WEC title away on the closing of the promotion with the first ever head kick off the fence.