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I beat Frankie Edgar in all areas - Ben Henderson

ESPN staff
November 14, 2011
Ben Henderson took his fight with Clay Guida everywhere © Getty Images

Ben Henderson has made potentially the boldest statement of any lightweight fighter this year, claiming he is better than Frankie Edgar in every department.

Henderson booked a title shot against the UFC lightweight champion with a thrilling unanimous decision triumph over Clay Guida on Saturday. The former WEC king now meets Edgar at UFC 144 on February 26 in Japan.

Edgar is developing a growing reputation for being almost impossible to keep down at the top of the 155lb food chain, twice out-thinking BJ Penn before producing two of the comebacks of the year to firstly draw and then beat Gray Maynard.

Edgar's boxing is of a very high level and he bases it on a strong wrestling foundation. However, the champ is arguably a more natural featherweight and the significantly bigger Henderson is confident the belt will change hands next year.

"I think I can hold an advantage in a lot of places, where ever I take it," Henderson told MMA Weekly.

"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.

"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."

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