A new report today suggests that this weekend’s ‘UFC On FOX’ co-main event between Ben Henderson and Clay Guida will decide who is next up to challenge Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title.
According to MMAJunkie multiple sources within the company have confirmed that is the direction they are now heading in, and it may be that the resulting title fight will headline the UFC’s return to Japan on February 26th.
Henderson Vs Guida is an obvious choice for a No.1 contender’s bout, but there had been some hesitation on the UFC’s part to confirm it previously as there had also been talk that current Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez was also being considered.
It’s since been established however that Melendez will stay with Strikeforce for now, defending his title against Jorge Masvidal in December.
Henderson is currently on a two fight winning streak in the UFC, building on his impressive form in the WEC where he became their lightweight champion during a 10 fight winning streak. He infamously lost to Anthony Pettis in the WEC’s last ever event, but his impressive form sinec joining the UFC suggests he’s well worthy of another title shot.
Meanwhile Guida has been a notable figure in the UFC’s lightweight ranks for a number of years, and is currently enjoying his best ever spell in the Octagon, notching up four consecutive wins.
Despite the significance of the fight and it’s co-main event status, Henderson Vs Guida will only be featured on the Facebook portion of the ‘UFC On FOX’ event as the network have chosen to focus only on the night’s heavyweight title fight headliner.