Frankie Edgar asked loud and clear and he now has it. Dana White has verified that the rematch between Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson will take place sometime this summer. Following a unanimous decision victory for the newly crowned champ Henderson had told the media at the post-fight conference that he was open to any challenger.
Days later however after hearing shots taken at him from every corner of the lightweight division, Henderson did not like what he heard from the assumed next opponent Anthony Pettis. Henderson retorted publicly by questioning the validity of Pettis’ as a challenger, referring to only having two victories in the UFC – and suffering a loss to Clay Guida.
When asked if he would grant the former champ Frankie Edgar a shot at the belt, Henderson was quick to say he had no problem granting it, but that it would ultimately be up to the UFC.
Now with the lightweight division’s title facing a third year of ‘bottle-necking’ rematches, challengers such as Anthony Pettis and the winner of the upcoming Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller will likely need to try and stay busy in the interim. This is likely a big part of the reason that Dana White was pushing so adamantly for Edgar to drop down to 145 lb. even guaranteeing a title shot against dominating champ Jose Aldo, who is currently in need of a challenge.