On Saturday, Aug. 11, Edgar (14-2-1, UFC, MMA record) will get another chance to capture the 155-pound title as the main event of UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The second time around is not going to be any easier, as Edgar will again have his hands full with the taller, ganglier Henderson. But, as he also noted, it's not exactly going to be a cakewalk for Henderson, either.
"Rematches are two-sided," Edgar said during a conference call Friday. "Whether it's a title fight or a normal fight, there is no advantage. He was also there, too, and he knows what it takes and what to see out of me. It's
really going to come down to who is ready to perform on fight night."
The rematch arrived quicker than most in a loaded lightweight division. Edgar's chance came just 6 months and 17 days after a brawl dominated by Henderson went the distance. As for the champ, he doesn't plan to alter much from what worked in his win in Tokyo at UFC 144.
In fact, there isn't much to change at all.
"I don't really do much different, there is no hidden secret of how to be a good fighter," Henderson said. "We just try to pay attention to fundamentals, and try to pick up a few new tricks. For fighters, it's not like basketball where if you have a bad night you have 82 more games to make up for it; we have to be on top of our game. This [fight] is for a world title, there is not a lot of redo."
But Henderson (16-2, MMA record) did recognize that Edgar is a threat - perhaps even a greater one the second time around.
"He is a lot better in rematches, I think we've seen that," Henderson said of Edgar. "His coaches are great and they are really good at finding weaknesses and holes in your game, so I know it's going to be a good fight."
Edgar was in Henderson's shoes not too long after winning the title over former lightweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi in April 2010. Five months after, Penn challenged Edgar again as the main event of UFC 118. The result? Edgar won by unanimous decision in a match that went five rounds.
Take a closer look at the epic bouts between Edgar and fellow lightweight Gray Maynard. They battled to a draw at UFC 125; in the rematch 9 months later, Edgar answered with a TKO in Round 4.
Is fighting the same guy twice a benefit? It has been for Edgar, even if he won't admit it outright.
"You get to see what your opponent is all about and he gets to see what you are all about," he said. "But fights are so close, especially at this level, it comes down to who shows up and performs better on the night of the fight."
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