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Surging lightweight division contender Nate Diaz believes that beating Jim Miller at UFC on FOX 3, which emanates from the IZOD Center on May 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J., will earn him the next shot at the 155-pound title.
Not so fast.
UFC President Dana White was asked about the division pecking order earlier today (March 6) at a special pre-fight press conference held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He was, not surprisingly, non-committal on making any kind of definitive plans for the plethora of eligible 155-pounders.
And you can expect him to remain that way until he has a chance to talk to Frankie Edgar.
"I'm obviously still dealing with the whole Frankie Edgar thing. I'd like him to go to 145. I'm talking to Frankie and we'll figure this thing out. We said the winner of this (Diaz vs. Miller) would get the next shot."
White needs an "Answer" from the former champion, who is adamant about getting a "Smooth" rematch after coughing up his lightweight strap to Ben Henderson last month in Japan, on whether or not he will take his advice and drop down to featherweight, where an immediate title fight against Jose Aldo awaits him.
So far, mum's the word.
While Edgar contemplates his next move, Henderson will have his eyes glued to FOX.
Aside from the winner of Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller, his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) nemesis Anthony Pettis is also knocking on the golden door after embalming Joe Lauzon at UFC 144 back on Feb. 25.
An opponent Miller believes has yet to earn his spot.
"Nate and I have proved that we're the top guys in the division. I personally don't feel that Pettis' win over Stephens and the knockout over Lauzon are a title run, but I don't make those decisions."
Because the outcome of Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson was mired in (minor) controversy, White is currently handcuffed until he can spread out all the pieces in his puzzle. Edgar wants an immediate rematch. White wants him to drop 10 pounds.
Miller, Diaz and Pettis all want Henderson.
How does it all play out? We may not get much in the way of resolution until after the UFC on FOX 3 event. By then, Edgar may have made up his mind and at the very least, we'll have eliminated one fighter from the equation.
For more on today's UFC on FOX 3 press conference click here.