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I don't care if Edgar wins four rounds - Henderson

ESPN staff
February 22, 2012
Frankie Edgar v Ben Henderson

Ben Henderson is willing to allow Frankie Edgar to win four out of the five rounds in their UFC lightweight title bout this weekend, because he is not interested in the fight going to a decision.

Henderson arrives in Japan as the challenger in Saturday's UFC 144 main event, but he admits he has already pictured himself leaving as the champion.

"I've thought about the whole thing. Walking out to the ring, how the fight takes place, getting my hand raised, the ref's hand around my wrist, Dana White strapping the belt around my waist, I've seen it happen 100 times already," Henderson said.

A magnificent athlete, Henderson has a size advantage over the champion, but Edgar is believed to be the more polished fighter when it comes to footwork and boxing. That combination could prove pivotal, as it did twice against BJ Penn, in helping the champion to a potential points victory.

Henderson's only defeat in the last five years, to Anthony Pettis, came via a decision, and he hates the judges so much that he is determined to stop the fight inside 25 minutes.

"Frankie's a really smart fighter. His camp does a really good job, they're very strategic," Henderson said. "[But] I don't care about winning rounds, I want to end the fight. I fight to end the fight.

"This will be the career defining moment for the rest of my life. I want to be the best 155-pounder on the planet - period. That's what I'm going to do."

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