Ben Henderson punches Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 on Feb. 25, 2012 in Saitama, Japan. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
Frankie Edgar finally got "The Answer" he was looking for.
From Edgar's Twitter:
"Rematch anyone??.......it's on!! Thanks to @danawhite @lorenzofertitta. Me and Henderson 2. Here we go!!"
Not long after, UFC President Dana White tweeted the bout will take place sometime this summer. And he most likely did so reluctantly, seeing as how he pushed Edgar hard to cut 10 pounds and compete in the Featherweight division. In fact, White even offered a Edgar an instant title shot against 145-pound champion Jose Aldo.
The Toms River, N.J., native, however, held his ground and was adamant that he earned another crack at "Smooth." He reveals via MMAWeekly.com how it all went down behind the scenes:
"It was a relief, it really was. A weight lifted off my chest, it's been weighing on me. I definitely made it known that I wanted the rematch, I'm not going to sit there and I don't want to argue for a title, I want to fight for a title. I'm just happy I get to fight for it now.... Dana he was still concerned and I respect him for that. He thinks 145 might be better for the longevity of my career and my health and what not, and I disagree. Being the competitive person I am, feeling that maybe that fight should have went my way, I want another chance at it. That's when he said 'alright man, you're going to get it.'"
Of course, as we already reported earlier today, this news slightly waters down the significance of the UFC on Fox 3 main event between top 155-pound contenders Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller, which takes place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on May, 2012. It also means that former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis will also have to wait for his title shot, which was promised to him way back in late 2010.
Regardless, it's good to have options. And at this point, the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has several at its disposal should something happen to Edgar or Henderson in training, or an upcoming fight card needs an exciting main event.
Pettis against either Diaz or Miller on Fourth of July weekend in a true number one contender eliminator match would be guaranteed fireworks.