UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson understands fans and his fellow fighters might not be on board with his decision to give former title-holder Frankie Edgar an immediate rematch. He just doesn’t necessarily care given the lack of a clear-cut contender and Edgar’s class in the past.
Edgar lost a hard-fought decision to Henderson in February, receiving a second shot based on it being a relatively close affair along with his willingness to do the same against opponents while he held the belt.
“Frankie giving two rematches, it’s criminal not to give him a rematch after a decision, because, as a champ, he gave two rematches,” explained the 28-year old this week on UFC Ultimate Insider. “I think it’s something that has to be done sometimes. There’s just no alternative. It does create a bit of a logjam at the top, I guess you could say, but if you’re a challenger, the idea is you have to keep winning. It doesn’t matter. You have to keep winning. So if there’s a logjam…guess what? You gotta fight. You gotta win. Oh well. That’s the way life goes.”
One of the louder critics has been Anthony Pettis who beat Henderson in WEC and is coming off a knockout win over Joe Lauzon. However, Henderson shrugged off Pettis’ claims of deserving to challenge for the belt, pointing out Lauzon’s status as a fringe Top 10 guy and Pettis’ previous win coming via Split Decision against an unranked opponent (Jeremy Stephens).
No date has been set for Edgar vs. Henderson II.
Watch the complete interview with “Bendo” below:
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