UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar feels there is something more to being called champion than just wearing the belt around your waist.

Edgar will defend his title this weekend against Benson Henderson at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson from Saitama, Japan. It will mark the first UFC show in Japan in over a decade, putting a lot of pressure on Edgar to perform since he is the headlining act. However, after finishing off his trilogy of fights with Gray Maynard, “The Answer” knows challengers will continue coming from all over the place to try and knock him from his throne.

“I’m not in this to play second fiddle to anybody,” Edgar said in an interview with the UFC promoting the bout. “It’s not so much the belt that holds the significance, it’s what the belt means and how much I worked for it, how much my team’s worked for it and how much my family’s sacrificed for it.”

Along with Edgar-Henderson, UFC 144 will also feature several Japan fighters and a co-main event pitting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Ryan “Darth” Bader.

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MMATraining Take: I like Edgar’s attitude. It shows in part why he’s been so successful – because overcoming the odds means more to him than money, fame, or legacy. He fights for those he loves and that is a source of power unlike any other in this world.