Henderson vs Edgar: How Does Henderson Stack Up Against Nate Diaz?

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIAugust 12, 2012

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Benson Henderson fights Frankie Edgar (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Much like their first fight, Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar's lightweight title fight at UFC 150 was a close one. 

Just like their first fight, Henderson walked out as UFC champion. 

This one of course was filled with more controversy as many fans thought Edgar won the fight. 

While it was close, Edgar will have to wait for another shot at the title as Nate Diaz becomes the next man to challenge Henderson. 

While Edgar was perhaps Henderson's toughest opponent, Diaz will offer a much different test for the champ. 

Edgar's game is based on speed, boxing, and wrestling. 

Diaz on the other hand is a combination of slap boxing, great submission, and of course the world famous Diaz brother taunts. 

Diaz has only been stopped once in his career and two of his three UFC lightweight losses were split decisions to Gray Maynard and Clay Guida

Much like his brother Nick, Nate Diaz can be dangerous no matter where the fight goes. 

But so can the current champion. 

Out of Henderson's current 17 wins, 10 have come by knockout or submission. 

Along with Edger, Henderson's victims have included Donald Cerrone, Clay Guida, and Jim Miller. 

Henderson will come into this bout with a pretty clear advantage in the wrestling department, something that has always been a problem for Diaz. 

But while he should have no problem getting Diaz to the ground, Henderson will have to be careful what he does from there. 

Diaz has one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu games off of his back in the UFC. 

While Henderson is hard to submit, if anybody can do it, it's Diaz. 

Henderson will also have to hold his on in the stand up department as Diaz' "Stockton Slap" and taunting can throw off fighters. 

Henderson of course is a very focused fighter though, and thanks to his Taekwondo background, could actually use his striking to throw Diaz off. 

Diaz will be a tough test with Henderson. 

But considering that he just went 10 rounds with Frankie Edgar in his last two fights, the champion should be able to hold his own against Diaz.