Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson put on a war for the UFC lightweight championship Saturday night in the main event of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. In the end, it was Henderson who was declared the victor, earning a decision on all three scorecards.
However, UFC President Dana White believed Edgar did enough to warrant a victory but said in the post-fight press conference Anthony Pettis would likely receive the next crack at “Smooth.”
“I think he’s going to get it,” White said, though he later wavered saying he wasn’t sure how the situation would be handled.
Pettis kicked off UFC 144 with a highlight-reel knockout of Joe Lauzon, following up in an interview with Joe Rogan inside the Octagon where he stated his desire to fight for the title. “Showtime” was slated to meet Edgar for the championship last year but saw his opportunity laid to waste when Edgar and Gray Maynard fought to a draw, then signed for an immediate rematch. Rather than wait Pettis decided to fight, lost to Clay Guida, and Henderson went on a three-fight winning streak that garnered him a shot at the belt.
Henderson’s last loss was to Pettis when the two met in WEC for the organization’s lightweight title. The bout featured Pettis delivering his “Showtime Kick” off the cage, vaulting himself into superstar status in the process.
“We’ve got some unfinished business,” said Pettis of Henderson. “Let’s take care of it.”
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MMATraining Take: As great as Edgar-Henderson was, Pettis seems like a very deserving challenger. Of course, Edgar had to rematch BJ Penn for the title after defeating him, so maybe “The Answer” does have a right to claim a shot at taking the belt back from Henderson. Regardless, we are in for some wars in the lightweight division over the next few years.