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UFC On Fox: Winner Of Henderson Vs. Guida Earns Title Shot In Japan

With a win on Saturday, Ben Henderson or Clay Guida could find themselves fighting for the title in Japan next year.

Ben Henderson
Ben Henderson

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The disappointment felt by Ben Henderson (14-2) and Clay Guida (29-11) upon learning their key lightweight tilt at Saturday's UFC on Fox debut would be unaired, regardless of the result, has been thoroughly lifted the day before the event. According to reports by MMA Junkie, sources confirmed a coveted prize lies in wait for the night's winner -- an immediate title shot against UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar (14-1-1).

According to the report, no date has been finalized for the championship contest, however UFC officials are targeting a headlining spot on their return to Japan's Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on February 26, 2012.

The announcement springs off a string of impressive performances and impeccable fortune for the two contenders. Guida has compiled a four-fight win streak since the beginning of last year, including dominating victories over former Pride champion Takanori Gomi and former number one contender Anthony Pettis, to force his way into the title picture. Likewise, Henderson has quickly adapted to the Octagon, blitzing through Mark Bocek and former number one contender Jim Miller in his introductory bouts.

With two contenders out of the picture, Melvin Guillard became the final man to stumble after unceremoniously losing in just 47 seconds to Joe Lauzon at UFC 136, leaving Henderson and Guida perched alone atop the landmine field that is the 155-pound division.

UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos takes place on November 12th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos headline the historic event, live on Fox for the UFC heavyweight championship.