Like countless fans around the world, UFC President Dana White had his share of opinions on what was witnessed UFC 144 including thoughts on the main event between Benson Henderson-Frankie Edgar as well as the future of both men. White offered up his take on those matters, in addition to what he saw from Quinton Jackson, in a post-show interview on Fuel TV where he remained noncommittal regarding Henderson’s first title-defense.
“I’m not a judge but I had the fight even going into the last round and I gave the last round to Frankie,” explained White while later adding UFC matchmaker Joe Silva had Henderson winning “by a landslide”.
Given the debate surrounding the outcome, as well as Edgar having previously been forced into a pair of immediate rematches based on similar circumstances, White appeared to be weighing the idea of giving “The Answer” another shot of his own.
“I don’t know. It’s not one of those things I’m gonna make a decision about right now,” said the unsure White.
“There (are) so many fights out there in the 155-pound division,” he continued before reiterating a long-standing opinion. “I would really love for Frankie Edgar to move down to 145 pounds.”
Also in the discussion is Anthony Pettis, freshly off a Knockout of the Night finish of Joe Lauzon. White addressed the subject when asked if he felt “Showtime” was in position to contender for Henderson’s belt.
“How would Pettis not be ready for a title-shot? He’s absolutely ready. But there are a few guys in that division,” White responded before mentioning the winner of an upcoming bout between Nate Diaz-Jim Miller could come into play as well.
As equally hazy as Henderson’s next move is that of “Rampage” Jackson’s outlook after a sloppy decision loss to Ryan Bader. While White was confident Jackson would be back, he questioned whether or not the fan-favorite’s heart was in MMA anymore, stating he hoped to see, “the old ‘Rampage’…the motivated, the hungry guy who comes in and goes toe-to-toe, isn’t as one dimensional with his punching” version.
Check out the complete interview below:
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