UFC president Dana White made it clear that he intended to persuade Frankie Edgar into dropping to featherweight and facing Jose Aldo for the title following the loss of his championship belt to Benson Henderson at UFC 144 last month.
However, during Edgar’s own three-fight title run, he was made to rematch both BJ Penn and Gray Maynard following close, controversial fights. Considering that his decision defeat to Henderson certainly fits that bill, Edgar saw it only right that he be awarded his own second go at the champ.
Edgar’s stubbornness has apparently paid off, as he revealed today on Twitter that he will indeed be the first fighter to challenge Henderson as champion.
“Rematch anyone??…….it’s on!! Thanks to @danawhite @lorenzofertitta. Me and Henderson 2. Here we go!!”
UFC president Dana White confirmed the rematch shortly thereafter:
“Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson rematch will be this summer”
At the same UFC 144 event that Edgar controversially lost his belt, Anthony Pettis knocked out Joe Lauzon spectacularly with a head kick. Being that Pettis was the last man to beat Henderson, the promotion was leaning towards putting him in against Henderson next. The winner of the upcoming Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller fight was also being considered as a number one contender.