Without a single knockout loss on his record some might say UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar has a “hard head”. However, it was that very quality earning him a second crack at champion Benson Henderson, as Edgar’s refusal to drop down to featherweight played a significant role in the UFC’s decision to schedule a rematch between the two talented 155ers despite having fought less than three weeks ago at UFC 144.
No specific date is set but the scrap is likely to be scheduled for this summer as a means of giving the competitors a chance to fully heal from their February fight in addition to allowing an upcoming bout between Jim Miller-Nate Diaz to determine the next man in line for a shot at the belt.
The UFC confirmed the news earlier today with an exuberant Edgar taking to Twitter to write, “Rematch anyone??…….it’s on!! Thanks to Dana White (and) Lorenzo Fertitta. Me and Henderson 2. Here we go!”
Edgar and Henderson went five fast-paced rounds in their initial encounter with “Bendo” getting the best of the former title-holder on the judges’ scorecards. Many, including the UFC President, felt Edgar should have been given the win based his performance with “The Answer” fully agreeing, even lobbying for a rematch at the post-event presser.
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MMATraining Take: I think the UFC made the right call here. While Henderson’s win was not necessarily THAT controversial in nature, Edgar agreed to immediate rematches against B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard without ever complaining and certainly did enough against Henderson to create some debate (not to mention the fight being in Japan). It will also give the organization a chance to bring in Miller-Diaz without fast-tracking Anthony Pettis to a title-shot, plus it appeases Edgar and could prompt him to finally move to 145 pounds if he loses a second time while the defeat would have gnawed at his soul until getting the chance at redemption.