NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Frankie Edgar UFC lightweight champion speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
The reason? An unprecedented slew of immediate rematches "The Answer" has been involved in since April of 2010.
When he lost his title to Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan back on Feb, 26, 2012, you could almost see it coming. In a way, you didn't want it to happen, just for the sake of avoiding another immediate rematch, but everyone figured the decision to award "Smooth" the title after five hard fought rounds was close enough to give Frankie a do-over.
After all, the collective thought around the water cooler was the former champ had agreed to two previous rematches, so it was only right to give him one as well.
On Aug. 11, 2012, Edgar will have a chance to reclaim his strap from the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) 155-pound champion and reigning UFC champion as the two collide in the main event of UFC 150, which will go down at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Given his great track record in rematches, "The Answer" tells UFC.com he is confident he will make the proper adjustments to bring the belt back to the Jersey Shore where it belongs.
Check it out:
"No, Ben Henderson will not defend the belt. I'm taking it home, it's missing its home, it's going to be in the Jersey shore. I did think I won the fight. I felt I landed good punches, got takedowns and I fought like I always fight. The fight was close, it was controversial. I gave two immediate rematches back-to-back so, I guess it was my turn to get one. To be undefeated in rematches, it just says that I make good adjustments in between the first fight to the second fight. I made adjustments, he hast to make adjustments. We have to think about what adjustments he is going to make, what adjustments I am going to make. It is definitely like a chess match in rematches. I knew Ben was going to be tough, I knew it was going to be tough and I am expecting the same this time. I just have to be a little bit better. I am going to beat Ben Henderson and my hand is going to be raised August 11th. The belt belongs to me, Frankie Edgar."
Henderson, who is undefeated (4-0) in the UFC, will look to prove the judges got it right the first time around as he hopes to defend the title for the first time and solidify his spot as the best lightweight in the world in the process.
It won't be easy, as Edgar is determined to show he not only deserved to win their initial encounter, but will make the necessary adjustments to put a bow on the title he possessed for two years and take it back to Jersey with him.
How about it Maniacs, Can "The Answer" get it done and reclaim the gold? Or will Henderson have another repeat performance like the one he had in "The Land of the Rising Sun?"