[div class=”notice” class2=”icon”]The following is from an article on MMA-Japan, part of the MiddleEasy Network.[/div]
Frankie Edgar will defend his lightweight championship against Benson Henderson this February at UFC Japan we learned Saturday evening. Following a three round drubbing of Clay Guida, one that saw Henderson beat Guida at his own game and then some, Henderson will look to become the UFC lightweight champion in the organizations return to Japan – the first since UFC 25. While I will not name anyone, the best grappler in Japan who is also a lightweight and a champion, marks Henderson as one of his favorite fighters, always telling me how Henderson has the best guillotine in MMA.
Furthermore, we are inclined to believe that Riki Fukuda will make his octagon return at this event, in addition to Akiyama, Gomi, Omigawa, Hioki, and possibly even Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto. The dark horse here is Yushin Okami who has not been nearly as well received in Japan despite him being the most successful of these fighters to compete in the organization.