|Written by Michael|
Bet on the UFCIn a mere ten days, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will make its return to Japan. UFC 144 will be held at Saitama Super Arena and you can watch all the action from the United States on pay-per-view.
The main event will feature lightweight champion Frankie Edgar taking on Benson Henderson. The UFC odds list Edgar at -130, but let's take a closer look at both of these fighters.
Ranked as the number one lightweight fighter in the world, Frankie Edgar has suffered only one career loss, coming in 2008 against Gray Maynard. He made his UFC debut at UFC 67, defeating Tyson Griffon by unanimous decision. He followed that up by getting a TKO in the first round of his UFC 73 match against Mark Bocek, and then won another unanimous decision at UFC 78.
Henderson is a former WEC Lightweight Champion and is currently ranked as the number four lightweight fighter in the world. When World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the UFC in October 2010, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC, including Henderson. He made his official UFC debut at UFC 129, defeating Mark Bocek through unanimous decision. He became the #1 contender for the lightweight championship title after winning a fight against Clay Guida by unanimous decision.
Edgar has a professional career record of 14-1-1, with both his single loss and single draw coming in fights against Gray Maynard. Edgar has also defeated Gray Maynard, most recently at UFC 136, to retain his championship title. Henderson's professional record is 15-2, with losses against Rocky Johnson in 2007 and Anthony Pettis in 2010.
If you are looking for some preliminary bouts, UFC 144 will feature a number of Japanese fighters, as well. Some of these include Yoshihiro Akiyama, Riki Fukuda, Takanori Gomi, Hatsu Hioki, Takeya Mizugaki, Yushin Okami, and Norifumi Yamamoto. Fights are scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM local time in Japan.
My money is still on Frankie Edgar to retain his title, though. I mean, have you seen how hard this guy works even at such mundane exercises as chin-ups?