Following a close decision that has people split pretty evenly on who actually won, Frankie Edgar sounds like he wants an immediate rematch with Benson Henderson.
“I’m not trying to shoot anybody out of anything they deserve, but I had to do two rematches, so what’s right?” he asked rhetorically.
Ironically enough, it’s probably the last two years he’s spent giving challengers immediate rematches that are now going to cost him his own chance to get another crack at the belt. People are now suffering from immediate rematch fatigue, so even though it’s a total raw deal, it doesn’t sound like the UFC will be serving up Edgar v Henderson 2 any time in the near future.
Adding insult to injury, it doesn’t sound like the UFC even has anything too exciting ready to go for the lightweight strap:
“How would Pettis not be ready for a title shot? He’s absolutely ready,” said White. “But, there’s a few guys in that division (who are ready). The problem is that division is so stacked it’s tough to make a decision and that’s a good problem to have.”
Aka they need to figure out what fight will make them the most money and go from there. While you’d think Frankie would fit that bill, Dana sounds like he has other ideas for the undersized 155er:
“If you look at what he’s accomplished, for me to come in and… the kid’s a world champion,” he said. “He beat BJ Penn two times and everybody else in that division. His only loss is to Gray Maynard, which he avenged big time. It’s going to be up to him, but I’d love to see him do it. I think a fight between him and Jose Aldo would be fun.”
As fun as it would be, it just seems wrong to bounce Frankie out of the division he’s basically owned for the past few years. Sure, he could go down to 145. He probably will sooner or later. But coming off a controversial loss that took the belt off him? Too much unfinished business at lightweight. If the UFC isn’t going to give him another shot at the belt immediately, the least they can do is set him up for a #1 contender’s match. There’s not a lot of situations where a featherweight title shot seems like a bit of a screw, but this is one of them.
(pic via Heavy’s excellent UFC 144 gallery)