There are few fighters who can match lightweight champion Frankie Edgar’s combination of speed and striking. However, while the challenge in finding an opponent to replicate the UFC title-holder’s attack might be significant, top 155-pound contender Benson Henderson typically pasts most tests he takes and it appears he’s done so once again with flying colors.
He’s a bit quicker and faster than I am,” said Henderson of Cruz in a conversation with Five Ounces of Pain. “He can emulate Frankie and help me deal with the speed and footwork Edgar possesses. Other than that it’s all the same guys, a bunch of hungry guys trying to make a name for themselves.”
Based on how ready he feels, Henderson believes fans should be in for a real treat on Saturday night when the claws come out against Edgar.
“This fight is going to be good. It’ll be like two cats trapped inside of a bag,” explained the confident 28-year old. “He’s a pretty aggressive fighter who moves a lot, but he remains very active and goes after it. He’s not a guy who will get on the bike and not engage. He moves around a lot, but comes to fight each and every time. We both have aggressive natures so you can expect us to get after it and put on a great fight.”
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MMATraining Take: Bringing in Cruz was a brilliant idea on Henderson’s part. He’s got slick stand-up, speed, and great movement – all things Henderson will need to be ready for come showtime this weekend.