Ben Henderson lands a punch on Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 on Feb. 25, 2012 in Saitama, Japan. Photo by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
Though the middleweight championship will be decided tonight (Sat., July 7, 2012) at UFC 148 when Anderson Silva defends his title against Chael Sonnen, there's another belt that will be on the line next month that could produce a fight as equally exciting.
And, as the "Smooth" one explained to MMA Heat, he's ready to just get it over with already:
"The sooner we can get it done, the sooner we can kind of get past it -- not that I'm overlooking it, not that I'm looking past Frankie at all, he's tougher in rematches than he is in the first fights, we all know that. He has a great heart, he was a great champion, so I'm not looking past him. But I'm excited to have the rematch, get it done, and then look forward to different challenges, new challengers, new challenges, everything."
The two first met at UFC 144 back in February in Japan, a close contest that went all five rounds and required the cageside judges to render a decision that was just controversial enough to call for a second helping.
And because Edgar was so nice about giving out rematches to his challengers when he was wearing the 155-pound crown, it's only fair to let him get one more crack at it when the scores didn't go his way.
Anyone think he snatches the title back away from Henderson? And if he does, will that mean a rubber match is in order?