UFC 150, which is headlined by a Lightweight Championship rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar in Denver, Colo.
The immediate rematch continued a trend for Edgar in title fights over the last three years. He fought B.J. Penn twice in 2010, as a controversial decision win to capture the belt led to Penn getting an immediate chance to regain the title. Then in 2011 Edgar fought Gray Maynard twice after their January 1 bout went to a draw, with Edgar earning a decisive finish in the third bout by TKO.
Edgar then lost the belt to Henderson in February in a close but not all that controversial decision, and the UFC opted to give him a rematch after he granted them to Penn and Maynard. However, if Edgar should defeat Henderson on Saturday, there will be no immediate rubber match, as Nate Diaz will fight the winner regardless of how the fight plays out.
“We have to get [the division] moving again,” White said last week after the pre-fight press conference for UFC on Fox 4 (viaMMAJunkie.com). “It’s the unfortunate position that Ben is in… If Ben loses, he gets back in line. There’s definitely some pressure on Henderson for that fight.”
It’s not necessarily a fair set of circumstances for Henderson should he lose a close fight to Edgar in this rematch, but it’s a sensible approach for the UFC to take. The division has been held up by all the rematches, with fighters ready to get into contention being unable to fight for the title. Still, White felt he owed it to Edgar to keep that going for this rematch.
“Frankie came to me a million times,” White said. “This guy has always stepped up, always been there for us, and I felt obligated to return the favor. Ben accepted.”
Now, with White still wanting Edgar to drop to the featherweight division, he’s expecting the former Champion to leave everything in the cage in what could be his last Lightweight Title fight for a long time.
“I think the main event is going to be the exact same fight the last one was,” White said. “Both guys go 100 miles an hour.”
“I know how Frankie is. I know how he’s built. He’s going to go after it. He knows this is his last shot, and I think this is going to be a great fight.”
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