Loss? What loss?
Despite coming up short in his lightweight title defense against Ben Henderson, which took place at UFC 144 last month in Japan, Frankie Edgar is still the odds-on favorite heading into their mid-year rematch.
"The Answer" opened at -125, slightly ahead of the "Smooth" champion at -105.
That's according to our fiscal friends at Best Fight Odds. And if the purpose of odds and betting lines is to initiate wagers, I'd say today's numbers will likely accomplish that feat.
Edgar dropped a five-round unanimous decision to Henderson, ending his nearly two-year stranglehold on the 155-pound division. However, during that span, "The Answer" only fought two guys (B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard), albeit in a total of four championship matches.
Henderson, a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion (along with most of the lightweight division) held a huge size advantage over the 5'6" Edgar, and did significant damage over the course of the 25-minute fight, accordingly.
Edgar, as usual, absorbed the punishment, as well as fired back, bobbing, weaving and landing shots with solid frequency. However, the shots did little to no damage to Henderson and didn't do enough to impress the ringside judges, either.
That's not to say it wasn't close -- White actually scored the fight in Edgar's favor on his unofficial scorecard and the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's matchmaker, Joe Silva, thought he won by a "landslide."
Get ready for part deux.
But who are you taking in the rematch? And what's you take on these opening odds? Anyone ready to plunk down some coin before the lines shift?
More on Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson II right here.