MMA Power Rankings -- LIGHTWEIGHT
Monday, Feb. 27
The UFC might want to start doling out Frankie Edgar's fight schedule in the tradition of the baseball model: A pair with B.J. Penn, a three-fight set with Gray Maynard, a two-fight swing with Benson Henderson. The latter is the outcry from fans who saw the UFC 144 title fight in Edgar's favor. The judges saw it for Henderson across the board. But Edgar thought he won. Dana White thought he won. And plenty of onlookers from Japan to the States thought Edgar won, too.
Now it's a question of will it happen? In Edgar's mind, the rematch should be made based on the "I scratch your back, you scratch mine" theory. He willingly rematched Penn at UFC 118 after narrowly winning the belt back at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. He didn't complain about it, he just showed up and put an exclamation mark on things. After fighting to the most epic draw in company history with Maynard, he had no choice but to play it back with the "Bully" at UFC 137. Again, he went in for Rocky-style theatrics before making it more definitive.
Now he's on the other end of the scenario, and he's asking for the same courtesy. Will the UFC grant him his wish? It's a difficult set of circumstances, especially with Anthony Pettis's brilliant headkick KO of Joe Lauzon. The fact that Pettis was the last man to beat new champion Benson Henderson -- and not just beat, but posterize him with that Matrix kick off the fence -- doesn't help matters.
If Dana White has his way, Edgar may not be long for the lightweight division. White would like Edgar to fight at 145 pounds and challenge Jose Aldo for the belt. Should he drop and Pettis/Henderson II be made, that opens up the Jim Miller/Nate Diaz fight in May as a clear-cut No. 1 contender bout.