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UFC 144 Could Crown Frankie Edgar as the Greatest Lightweight Ever

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Frankie Edgar, UFC lightweight champion, poses during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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Ron Jayson TimbangContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2012

UFC 144 is just days away, and fans can't wait to watch one of the greatest fight cards in the UFC's history. And with Frankie Edgar headlining the card, you can't really think of enough reasons for them not to be excited. 

Why? Because fans anticipate another "Rocky Balboa" performance from the champion—just like what he exhibited in his two previous fights against the "Bully" Gray Maynard, where he came back from adversity to notch a draw in the first match and a victory in the rematch. 

But what excites me the most about UFC 144 is the fact that we may actually see the crowning of Edgar as the greatest UFC lightweight fighter ever.

His opponent, Benson Henderson, is actually considered by some pundits as a fighter who has all the tools to give Edgar enough problems. If he manages to defeat Henderson, Edgar may have actually eliminated the greatest threat to his belt.

Although many may make the case that he hasn't fought Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez yet, two fighters he previously defeated (BJ Penn and Gray Maynard) would certainly be favorites if matched-up against those two. 

Just defeating Penn two times says a lot for the skill level that Edgar has, and knocking out Maynard is enough to make every fighter in the lightweight division fear him. 

Defeating Henderson this weekend in Japan might mean that he may have also eliminated two top fighters the former Strikeforce Champion has beaten in Clay Guida and Jim Miller, and might actually close the debate on who's the greatest fighter of all time in the lightweight division. 

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