After traveling all the way to Japan to take on Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title, Benson Henderson will defend the belt against Edgar in his backyard of Denver, Colorado at UFC 150 on August 11th. The event, which has yet to be announced, is expected to take place at the Pepsi Center, which was also the site of UFC 135 last September.
Henderson (16-2) was born in nearby Colorado Springs, Colorado, but he now fights out of Glendale, Arizona. He defeated Edgar in a closely-contested battle at UFC 144 in February. This was his fourth consecutive victory, dating back to a loss to Anthony Pettis, which saw him lose his WEC lightweight title in December 2010. He has since enjoyed an undefeated run in the UFC, culminating in earning the UFC lightweight belt with the win over Edgar.
Edgar (14-2-1) will be taking on the same opponent for the third consecutive matchup, as he also had an immediate rematch with BJ Penn in 2010 and Gray Maynard in 2011. However, the matchup with Henderson was the first one that saw Edgar on the losing end. The New Jersey native also has just 2 losses to his name, the first of which he avenged in his third matchup with Gray Maynard. He will be looking to do the same against Henderson.
Also added to the UFC 150 roster is another lightweight matchup with Dennis Hallman taking on Thiago Tavares. Both coming off victories, the lightweights will hope to continue those streaks at the August event. Tavares actually replaced Hallman at UFC on Fox 3 next month in taking on Tony Ferguson, but Tavares also ended up withdrawing due to injury. Now the two will match up against each other three months later.
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