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Benson Henderson: “I’m more than willing to give Frankie a rematch.”

For new UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson it has been nothing short of a crazy few weeks since winning the title at UFC 144. Instead of returning to the U.S. and basking in his glory, Henderson took a visit to Korea after defeating Frankie Edgar for the belt in Japan while hearing constant questioning about what his next move would be.

“Smooth” seems ready to get back in the routine of practice and training, and, as he revealed yesterday, is even willing to give Edgar the rematch he seeks.

“Frankie had a very tough situation. He had a rough road with two rematches right away after his title defenses,” said Henderson while serving as a guest on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. “I’m more than willing to give Frankie a rematch. Let’s do it. Set it up for tomorrow.”

“Bendo” also elaborated saying he as a MMA fan understood Edgar’s case and didn’t want to be a guy they felt was afraid of giving the 30-year old another shot to make things right.

Additionally, Henderson talked about facing Anthony Pettis who UFC President Dana White said was near the front of the line in terms of a title-shot. “Showtime” was the last man to defeat Henderson, taking a WEC title from him, and picked up a Knockout of the Night win at UFC 144 over Joe Lauzon.

“Do I want to face Pettis again? Absolutely,” Henderson said after questioning Pettis’ recent accomplishments. “We will see each other again. Before I retire, before I die, I’m going to see Anthony Pettis again.”

For now, Henderson will wait and see what the UFC decides is next for him, but he will do so as the champion and with an open mind in terms of who he faces.


  • MCM says:

    I was totally against the rematch at first, but now I think it’s the right move. There is just no one else on the list at the moment that can rightfully claim top spot.
    Diaz is the closest but even if he beats Miller, he won’t be ready till Aug. at the earliest. If Miller wins he’s still only two fights removed from losing to the current champ and I don’t know anyone calling for a rematch between those two yet.
    Pettis holds a win over Bendo, but people forget how close that fight was and only remember the Showtime kick (which is understandable). The also tend to gloss over the fact that Pettis is less than a year removed from losing to Guida whom Bendo then dominated, and hasn’t beaten a top contender in the UFC.
    There is Dunham and Barboza, but they have the same issue as Diaz/Miller in that their scheduled fight is too far away.
    Maynard, Guida, Guillard, Cerrone, and perennial contender Kenflo are all coming off loses.

    I normally hate rematches. I don’t think B.J. should have gotten one,but I agree with the Maynard one. But in this situation where it was an extremely close fight and there in no real contender ready without making the champ sit on the shelf for 7-8 months, I say let’s do it. Schedule it for May or early June and let the winner of Diaz/Miller of Dunham/Barboza get the next shot.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Not a fan of all this rematch stuff BUT I can see where Frankie is coming from… BUT let’s say Edgar gets a W in a really close decision that could have went either way… then what do we do? the trilogy? it’s just another hold up in the divison it really sorta sucks for frankie but i think we need to see Bendo defend against someone else and give frankie some one else and let them meet up down the road.

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