NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Frankie Edgar UFC lightweight champion poses during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will find himself in a familiar position when he takes on current champion Ben Henderson at UFC 150 in Denver, Colo., on Sat., Sept. 1, 2012.
The fight will be a title shot rematch, the third consecutive such occasion for "The Answer." Edgar has successfully prevailed in both of his last two rematches, and he has every intention of doing it one more time.
The difference, this time, is that Edgar lost the first fight against the man he will take on for a second time. In their first fight at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan, on Feb. 26, 2012, the "Smooth One" was able to win a tightly contested five-round decision victory.
Since that fateful night, Edgar has had one thing on his mind: Getting his belt back. He'll have a chance to do it this weekend, and the former champ spent a few minutes talking to "Inside MMA" about how he plans on doing just that.
Check out his comments after the jump:
"I gotta make sure that I fight my fight. I think I did a pretty good job of that last time, it just didn't go my way. I just gotta be a little bit better this time -- make sure I'm sure I'm a little more clear in the judges eyes, and I get my hand raised."
In preparation for his fight in "the Mile High City," where the air is thin, due to the high elevation, Edgar arrived a week early so he would be able to adjust to the climate:
"I've been here for a week. I've been in Colorado Springs for a week, and I just got to Denver today. You definitely feel it, but every day it got easier and easier, and I'm pretty acclimated, now. Colorado Springs is about 1,500 feet higher, and now I'm a little bit lower, so this next week, I should be able to acclimate perfectly."
Edgar believes that he did many things right in his first fight with Henderson, and he hopes to build on those areas en route to a decision win at UFC 150:
"I definitely think there's some things I can do better. There's also some things we've seen him do well that I can try to avoid, too. It's just about executing. You can train in the gym as much as you want, but I gotta make sure I execute on the 11th."
Frankie continued to talk about his strategy for his upcoming fight, citing a need to be ready to counter Henderson and his arsenal of kicks:
"It's tough to really say. He's so well-rounded. He's a big guy. He pushes the pace. He kicks really well. I was able to catch them, but I think I need to capitalize on catching his kicks."
Rematches are nothing new for Edgar. He's been there, and he's done that. The familiarity gives him the confidence that he'll be able to overcome adversity, once again:
"It's a familiar place for me. Back-to-back rematches -- it's my third one in a row. I have a great team behind me. We have a great gameplan. I have to pay extremely close attention to the details, so that I'm able to implement it. So, hopefully we'll be able to do this the second time around."
Whether the title is on the line or not, a fight is a fight, and that's how Edgar looks at things. He's still just as determined as he's always been, and make no mistake about it -- he is determined:
"Every fight's different. I try to approach it as a new fight and a challenge. I'm hungry for every fight, whether I'm fighting for a title or it's my first fight. The hunger's gonna always be there. I always wanna win. That's the way I approach this camp. The fact that I was the champion and it got taken from me is definitely a little more motivating. We try to use that in the gym, and we had a great camp."
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