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
Usually, Kevin Haggerty does this "What's Next" feature following major Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events. His aim is to give you fine readers something to look forward to when you start to inevitably come down from the previous night's show.
But he's off for the weekend so that leaves me to deal with the fallout of the UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2" event that took place last night (Aug. 11, 2012) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
And my luck couldn't be better.
That's because there's no room for speculation. It's entirely unnecessary, in fact, thanks to UFC President Dana White announcing before the show that no matter what happened in the main event bout pitting Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar for the lightweight championship, Nate Diaz would be fighting the winner.
Even if there was controversy. And wouldn't you know it, there was.
After five rounds of action, no different than the first fight, it was close enough for fans to wonder who the judges would award the bout to. The popular pick on social media websites was Edgar.
But he wasn't the popular pick with the judges.
Two of the three scored it for Henderson and he retained his title to set up the fight against Diaz at a date and location to be named later. As disappointed as Edgar may be, as unfair as it all may seem, he is now 0-2 in as many fights against the current champion.
He's likely headed for the featherweight division to challenge Jose Aldo for his title.
As for Henderson, he'll feel the heat for a while, forced to defend his victory. But he's not a judge and all he can do is move forward to the next one, what should be an incredible showdown against the next number one contender.
But is he good enough to dethrone the champion?
Stay tuned, Maniacs.