UFC president Dana White continues to teeter-totter on who will get first dibs at Benson Henderson’s freshly-minted lightweight title.
After Anthony Pettis put Joe Lauzon to sleep with a highlight-reel head kick, White stated at the UFC 144 post-fight press conference that, “I think [Pettis is] gonna get it.” However, during Tuesday’s presser in New York, White claimed the victor of the Nate Diaz (Pictured)/Jim Miller tussle on FOX would emerge as the division’s top contender.
“We said that the winner of this fight would get the next shot,” White professed of the May 5th main event.
Miller certainly wasn’t about to argue with White’s latest change of course.
“I personally don’t feel Pettis’ win over [Jeremy] Stephens and the knockout of Lauzon is a title run, but I don’t make those decisions,” Miller expressed.
Diaz was simply confused as to why White was looking to deviate from the original plan to begin with.
“I thought the winner of [my] fight was gonna get the title shot, but we’ll see what happens,” Diaz said.
Today’s news is unfortunate for Pettis, as this marks the second time he will be bumped from a UFC title bout despite doing nothing wrong. He was slated to challenge then-champ Frankie Edgar for the strap after capturing the WEC belt back in December 2010, but an instant rematch between Edgar and Gray Maynard thwarted the contest.
Speaking of Edgar, what about an immediate sequel against Henderson for “The Answer?” Well, White said he’s still in the process of convincing the former champion to shed 10 pounds and drop to the featherweight class. He and Edgar are expected to have a powwow later this evening.
Updated (3/6/12 at 3:55 PM PT):
It appears White’s meeting with Edgar went well, for Edgar. The former champ received his wish and will rematch Henderson this summer.