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.

According to “Bendo”, UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz joined his camp this time around to help him get ready for his headlining bout this weekend against Edgar at UFC 144.

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.”

Catch UFC 144 on PPV along with six other fights destined for the main card when things start up at 10:00 PM EST.


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.