Dana White: Anthony Pettis is Next for Benson Henderson … Maybe

Written by Tom Ngo
February 26th, 2012

UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis

At the conclusion of Sunday’s pay-per-view broadcast, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan overheard Octagon honchos Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta claim Anthony Pettis (Pictured) would get first dibs at Benson Henderson’s freshly-minted lightweight title. At the UFC 144 post-fight press conference, White seemed to reaffirm the notion for the briefest of moments.

“I think he’s gonna get it,” White responded when asked if Pettis was next in line for a shot at the hardware.

However, White quickly diverted back to his infamous ‘we’ll see’ approach after being probed about the fate of the winner between the Jim Miller and Nate Diaz scrap scheduled for May 5th on FOX.

“We’ll see what happens,” White added. “I hate to do this the night of the fights, and you guys know that, but you always ask me. We’ll see what happens. I guess I’ll leave you guys in suspense.”

Furthermore, there is a possibility White could grant Frankie Edgar an immediate rematch because he had “The Answer” beating Henderson on his unofficial scorecard.

If that’s the case, Edgar would be the only fighter in UFC history to compete in six consecutive championship affairs with half of them being of the rematch variety.

Pettis is hoping White sticks with his initial instinct. After proclaiming 2011 was the worst year of his professional career, Pettis believes this annual has “Showtime” written all over it. What better way to prove that than to don UFC gold before the ball drops on 2012?

“I was supposed to get a title shot last year, that didn’t happen the way it was supposed to, and I just came back focused and I’m ready to go,” Pettis stated.

“Henderson did his thing tonight and we have some unfinished business. Let’s take care of it.”

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