May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Nate Diaz before his lightweight bout against Jim Miller during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Nate Diaz wins by submission in round two Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Because the outcome of the first fight was deemed somewhat controversial, Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar were booked for an immediate rematch set to take place at tomorrow night's (Sat., Aug. 11, 2012) UFC 150 event at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Well, that and the fact that Edgar had granted immediate rematches to both B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard. This helped force UFC President Dana White's hand. After all, the New Jersey native scratched White's back; it would have been bullshit had the boss not returned the favor.
To protect himself against a similar scenario playing itself out following UFC 150, however, White is getting out in front of the issue. Indeed, he told FUEL TV in an interview after the weigh-ins (results here) that the there's one guy fighting for the title after this one and his name isn't Henderson or Edgar.
"Nate Diaz will fight the winner," he said.
Diaz was promised a title shot after he impressively laid waste to Jim Miller in the main event of the UFC on Fox 3 event back on May 5 in New Jersey. Perhaps that's part of the reason White is so steadfast in his getting the next crack at the crown.
Gotta keep those executives at FOX happy and all that.
Still, these are welcome comments from White if only because it means saving fight fans from yet another rematch atop the 155-pound division featuring Frankie Edgar.