Didn’t you know, Benson Henderson (Pictured)? Only Frankie Edgar is granted immediate rematches in the Octagon. According to UFC president Dana White, although the current lightweight champ agreed to give Edgar an instant do-over, “The Answer” will not have to reciprocate if he takes his title back at UFC 150.
“We’d have to get [the division] moving again,” White said Thursday of arranging a trilogy. “It’s the unfortunate position that Ben is in. Ben steps up and takes the rematch with Frankie, which I didn’t want it to happen, but Frankie came to me a million times. This guy has always stepped up, always been there for us and I felt obligated to return the favor. So, Ben accepted.
“Of course, if Ben loses in the fight, he gets back in line,” White said. “So, definitely some pressure on Henderson for that fight.”
Edgar lost his strap by dropping a highly controversial unanimous decision defeat to Henderson at UFC 144. It was a typical Edgar fight, where most of the rounds were very difficult to score and were decided by a punch here or a kick there.
Although Edgar exited the 25-minute affair with his left eye sealed complete shut, he was adamant that he should have left Japan with his title in tow.
Instead, Edgar will now become the only fighter in UFC history to compete in six consecutive title fights, with half of them being of the rematch variety.
According to White, their sequel will be an exact carbon copy of their initial encounter. However, Edgar is banking on a different conclusion.
“I think the [UFC 150] main event is going to be the exact same fight the last one was,” White expressed. “Both guys go 100 miles an hour.
“I know how Frankie is. I know the way this kid’s built. He’s gonna go after it. He knows this is his last shot, and I think this is gonna be a great fight.”
Henderson vs. Edgar II goes down August 11th inside Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
FYI – White once again reiterated Nate Diaz gets next dibs.