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BREAKING: Frankie Edgar WILL Rematch Ben Henderson at Some Point This Summer


(Gentlemen, if you want to truly be considered the winner, we’re going to need to see a little more effort here.) 

Well, he must have called DW back. Whether you feel Frankie Edgar deserved it or not, it appears the former lightweight champion will be getting his rematch with Ben Henderson sometime this summer, as announced by UFC  President Dana White on his Twitter earlier this evening.

After “The Answer” lost his title to “Smooth” at UFC 144 via unanimous decision, many assumed that Henderson was destined for a rematch of a different nature, specifically, that of his WEC 53 clash with Anthony Pettis, who not only defeated Benson to claim the WEC’s final lightweight title, but whom also scored a big win over Joe Lauzon via first round head kick at UFC 144. Considering Dana White repeatedly stated that he would prefer to see Edgar drop to 145 and face champion Jose Aldo, it seemed we were destined for another round of cage leaping madness. Aside from that possible matchup, the MMA blogosphere also rallied behind the idea of the winner of the upcoming Nate Diaz/Jim Miller match getting the next shot, a sentiment that to a certain degree was echoed by White himself just hours ago at the UFC on Fox press conference.

But alas, it seems our cries fell on deaf ears, as we are destined for yet another rematch for the lightweight title. It’s not that we’re pissed for another Edgar/Henderson go-around, because the first fight was more than entertaining, but we’re starting to get the impression that if a fight goes the distance at 155, it must mean that it was hotly contested. Perhaps the UFC should adopt a “finish or GTFO”  type policy for the lightweight division, because all these rematches are starting to get ridiculous, exciting as they are.

To be fair, Edgar has accepted a rematch with everyone that the UFC has asked him to, so DW probably owed him this. In either case, there’s no point in bitching about it now, so who y’all got for this one?

-J. Jones

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Violent By Design- March 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm
Edgar clearly won the first Penn fight, the only people who think he didn't are the Penn fan boys, the same ones who consider him the GOAT.
Pen Fifteen- March 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm
He's riding his luck because the decision against Penn was shit in the first place (check the stats linked above, and then recall that one judge gave him all rounds, and another gave him 4 of 5). Credit to him for beating Penn cleanly the second time, but that really makes him 1-1 in my book. Then, he draws in his first title fight, with Maynard coming much closer than he to finishing the fight. Again kudos to him for winning the rematch, but he's lucky he still had the strap after the first fight. And finally, he loses clearly to Bendo by whatever scoring criteria (e.g. common sense, fightmetric, Stockton rules) you wish to apply, and still there are people claiming he should have won a fight in which he was clearly dominated. Score the first Penn fight the way it should have been scored, and the dude is 2-2-1 in title fights, yet has held the strap for over 2 years, which makes him damn lucky in my book.
ArmFarmer- March 7, 2012 at 11:59 am
@pen fifteen

He beat penn, had to rematch him, beat him again, then had a draw with maynard, rematched him, and put him away in round 4. How is that "riding his luck"? It's not like he got some miracle ko or submission comebacks or anything. The dudes just a really good fighter.
ChucksChin- March 7, 2012 at 11:34 am
sigh
just some dong- March 7, 2012 at 10:28 am
Whatever your feelings about the rematch, you've got to admit that the UFC is doing the right thing by Frankie here. The dude has clearly earned their respect, as well he should have. It sucks that the LW division is being put on hold... again... but it's these kinds of decisions that make me respect the UFC and the way they treat their fighters.
ccman- March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am
A. I am rarely in favor of rematches.
B. if anyone is owed one it is Edgar.
C. I had Edgar, he lost rd 2 because of one up kick, after dominating over 4 min. That is the swing round that brings any debate at all. Plus I've never seen judges discount takedowns that much before. It's Cruz "3 slaps for the judges" crap that has scoring/judging so jacked.
D. No matter your rematch opinion, opinion on who won the 1st time, it's still a better match up than the options IMO. I see Diaz getting man handled and bitching, miller hump festing, and pettis is still only even mentioned because of one kick. He would be guida'ed this time and we all know it.
R955- March 7, 2012 at 8:14 am
I don't like any of the immediate re-matches, If you lose, close or not, get back in line! I did NOT watch either of the two rematches (Maynard vs. Edgar). I won't watch Henderson vs. Edgar II. Uriah Faber did not get instant rematches, and he was the WEC golden boy,this is why I favor a tournament each year to determine champions in each class. NO bullshit matches and rematches, I still say there is NO credible reason for half the fights we watch, its not a numbers thing, guys can have incredible win streaks, and NEVER get a title shot. Or they can have one loss and put them at the back of the line. I love watching fights, but some (alot) just do not make sense to me.
Fried Taco- March 7, 2012 at 7:31 am
I think Dan Henderson will beat Frankie Edgar, he is just so much bigger.
shogunfootstomp- March 7, 2012 at 7:21 am
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knucklesamitch- March 7, 2012 at 6:12 am
My only problem with this rematch is that if Frankie regains the title in a tightly contested decision, THEN WHAT? Edgar/Henderson III? Shit, if Edgar wins at all, we're likely to hear people saying Henderson deserves a rematch. This is bad for the division. It's bad for Frankie too ... If he loses 2x in a row to Henderson, then there's no way he deserves an immediate title shot at 145lbs.
gruge- March 7, 2012 at 2:38 am
Its getting a bit silly now, but fair is fair and I think Edgar deserves this one given that he had to do it twice (althought, I think that the draw was a justified rematch). Ive only seen the fight once, but I was supprised when Dana strapped the belt around Bendo's waist. Let this be it now though UFC please. No more immediate rematches unless its a draw!. I dont care how close the fight was, or how bad a decission was. A winner is a winner, so when Edgar takes his belt back (yep, I got Edgar), I want to see him fight someone new please.
SnackDaddy- March 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm
You gotta give it to, Frankie. The kid's got no notion of giving up.
JewJitsYou- March 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm
I'm for this one, whether you think the decision was crap or not (I had it for Henderson), Edgar always shows an incredibly marked improvement between fights, I think there is no one more dangerous lightweight than a hungry and motivated Frankie Edgar. I personally think all title fights should go an unlimited number of rounds until there is a finish, but I've also been known to think that if you need testosterone supplements maybe it's God's way of telling you not to be a professional prize fighter....
Horse Renoir- March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
So Jim Miller can be on a 7 fight win streak and not even be close to title contention before a lose, yet Pettis can win 1 fight and Edgar can lose 1 fight and still be talked about? Seriously? Isn't the LW division supposed to be one of the most stacked? And they've had... how many challengers since it's last inception?... 6? Six challengers in 6 years, for a stacked division?! Ridiculous. It's the same with that little ass-faced Faber fucker. Wins 1 fight, gets another title shot. And Shogun. Loses the title, wins a fight, gets a rematch (repeat, then rinse).
Todd M- March 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm
The Dead Cow says 'Edgar seems to be at the center of all these rematches anyway. I got Henderson.' I gotta agree, though I like Frankie's heart and durability it is his point style fighting that is leaving these fights without a clear winner, I like a champ that dominates or at least clearly beats his opponents.
Sloppyspray- March 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm
Jesus, people really only have 2 reasons why they think Frankie doesn't deserve a rematch, even though he gave everyone a rematch, and they are both bullshit. 1) b/c his win over BJ Penn was widely viewed as an incorrect decision? Wrong, it was a widely debated decision with many people on both sides. This is the definition of a CLOSE fight, not a bad decision. In fact, it is the exact same scenario as what is happening here, except Penn was "legendary" at the time and no one thought that Frankie would last a round in the cage with him, which is why so many people though it had to be a fluke. That rematch was given b/c it was a close and heavily debated decision, and people were calling it a fluke; 2) b/c his fight with Maynard was a draw. Yeah? So fucking what, boo hoo, Maynard was fighting for the title. Last time I checked everyone who is making this argument is speaking out of the other side of their mouth every other championship fight saying that "in order to be the champ you have to beat the champ." Maynard didn't beat the champ, he fought him to a draw. I don't care if you dominate two rounds, if you can't finish him, and he fights back to win the next three rounds, you are not the champion.
So you know what, they gave BJ a chance to win his belt back from Edgar b/c of a widely debated decision, Frankie lost his belt b/c of a widely debated decision. He should get his chance at redemption.
Rear Naked Poke- March 6, 2012 at 7:52 pm
this pisses me off, don't you guys remember WEC? Hendo has one legit loss , and that is to Pettis. If Hendo has any fight in him he should want to best the only man to beat him, ala Chuck Liddell vs Jeremy Horn 2. anyway, Edgar is a tough kid but in my opinion he was outclassed and Hendo's range/wrestling will do it again. if anyone "deserves" a freebie title shot is the only guy who beat Hendo and who risked his title shot to the dangerous Guida.
remeadial- March 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm
IMO Hendo won the first fight and I feel I benefitted greatly from all of the rematches. Maynard v Edgar III was an amazing fight. I don't think Pettis is deserving yet and I'd love to see Diaz beat him and do Diaz v. Hendo aka fight of the year. IMO Hendo is top 10 P4P he just needs to beat a few more guys to prove it.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm
Alvarez is fighting Shinya Aoki in his next fight
ReX13- March 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm
what RwR said.
SeanMcCorkle’sBruisedEgo- March 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm
if frankie wins this one, i think i know how the next part goes. First, frankie goes to corner his buddy Eddie Alvarez against a gigantic, roided out russian fighter making his american debut. The russian brutally beats Alvarez, even though it was SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXHIBITION. Russian dude is all "If he dies, he dies." Eddie dies. Frankie signs to fight the russian, but Dana won't sanction it so Frankie says "FUCK THAT" like a boss and signs with M-1 for a championship fight with the russian IN RUSSIA YO. Frankie takes his training camp to Krasnoyarsk, where he trains for the fight by chopping down trees like a motherfuckin man, pulling a big-ass sleigh, and running up snow-covered mountains. Always up the mountains. Meanwhile the russian gets the most scientific train program possible, and a team to maintain his bitchin blonde flat top. The fight itself is a bloody affair in front of a hostile crowd, and the russian is amazed by frankie's ability to take punishment. "He is like a piece of iron," he says to his corner. Of course, frankie makes an impossible comeback and KOs the gigantic russian in the last round. Then he makes a speech about people being able to change and it ends the cold war, and everybody is friends again. The shit will be so crazy they'll probably make a movie about it.
Sopapo- March 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm
I don't see pettis beating Diaz. Pettis doesnt really deserve that title shot yet
Violent By Design- March 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm
I'm happy with this, I thought Edgar won the fight, so it's fair.

The winner of Miller/Diaz should have to fight Pettis to determine #1 contender, IMO all 3 haven't done enough to warrant a title shot right now. Pettis is on a 2 fight streak over Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon who aren't in the top 10, Miller got destroyed by Bendo and is 1-0 since then with a win over Melvin Guillard who is on a 2 fight losing streak and Nate Diaz is only 2-0 since returning to Lightweight with wins over Gomi (not in the top 10) and Cowboy Cerrone.
danomite- March 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm
the fight wasn't even really close at all. at least in the other cases of proposed immediate rematches (penn/edgar, maynard/edgar, rua/machida, and diaz/condit) the fights were at least close. this fight wasn't even close. I don't think I can stess enough the fact that the fight between Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar wasn't a close fight. I like frankie edgar, he seems polite and humble and puts on good fights, but I hope benson henderson knocks him out.
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