Fresh off an instant classic that saw the UFC lightweight title go from Frankie Edgar to Ben Henderson it appears a rematch is already in order. Unfortunately for Edgar, it appears that rematch will be Henderson facing off against the last man to defeat him, Anthony Pettis.
UFC president Dana White endorsed Pettis during the post-fight conference by stating “I think he’s going to get it” when asked about Pettis’s chances of being Henderson’s next opponent.
The two last battled at the WEC’s last card, WEC 53, in a fight that ranks among the best in MMA history. The back-and-forth battle between the two fighters was essentially clinched by the now infamous “Showtime Kick,” where Pettis sprung off the cage to throw a head kick that knocked down Henderson and sealed the fight for Pettis.
Pettis then chose to forgo his title shot in favor of a fight with Clay Guida after a scheduled rematch between then-UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard had to be delayed due to injury. Pettis went on to lose the fight against Guida but has since rebounded with wins over Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, putting him back into the title picture.
While fans of the original WEC fight may be excited, there is one person who is less than thrilled about not receiving a rematch and that’s former champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar came up short in Japan after an extremely close fight and believed he deserved a rematch.
Edgar made his case at the post-fight press conference saying, “I don’t want to take anything away from Ben, he did a great job but I thought I won that fight. He came hard and I knew it was going to be a tough fight but I thought I did enough to win those rounds. I’m not trying to shoot anyone out of what they deserve but I had to do two immediate rematches, so what’s right?”
While Edgar has a great point, it appears likely that Pettis will receive a rematch before him.
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Pictured: Anthony Pettis and Ben Henderson face off at WEC 53 weigh-in