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Or at least that's what the "Smooth" one seems to think.
After running through Clay Guida at the UFC on Fox 1: "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos" event this past Sat., Nov. 12, 2011, in Anaheim, California, Ben Henderson was awarded a lightweight title shot against division champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 on Feb. 26 in Japan.
And "Bendo" thinks he holds the edge no matter where the fight goes:
"I think I can hold an advantage in a lot of places, where ever I take it. I think I'm as confident as any other fighter out there, you know, I'm as confident as any fighter in the UFC. 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, but that's just because I'm a fighter, of course I'm going to think I'm 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."
That's some serious confidence, perhaps bordering on cocky, but Henderson has reason to feel good about his abilities. He's 3-0 since debuting in the UFC back in April with dominant wins over Mark Bocek, Jim Miller and Clay Guida, respectively.
Most impressive, however, is the fact that he's somehow managed to get people to forget about that "Showtime off-the-wall Kick" Anthony Pettis posterized him with at the final WEC show in December of last year.
Speaking of which, who would have thought it? Henderson loses to Pettis, which earned "Showtime" a title shot against Edgar, but he forfeited it to fight Guida and lost. That defeat took him out of the picture while "Bendo" used a stellar 2011 fight campaign to earn himself the shot he originally lost.
Look out, Japan, here they come.
Henderson keeps going in the full entry, as he breaks down his championship fight and talks about Gilbert Melendez coming to the UFC.