“I’m not in this to play second fiddle to anybody. 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. So yeah, I’m not gonna give that belt up very easily. When I leave Japan, I’m gonna come home still the champion. I know Ben’s a tough guy, but there’s a reason I’m the champion.”
UFC 144 is set to go down on February 26 live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. As of current date, the event is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson. The event marks the UFC’s first ever return to Japan since UFC 29 in 2000.
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