After putting on a close, competitive and compelling fight at UFC 144, headliners Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar there’s a whole host of options available to the two lightweight stars next, so who are they likely to fight next?
Now that we have a new lightweight champion in Henderson it opens up the division and there’s going to be a long line of contenders looking to get into line for the chance to dethrone the former WEC title holder.
Post-fight all the talk was about a rematch between Henderson and the last man to defeat him Anthony Pettis. That would be a good fight, and it’s one the UFC brass are extremely tempted by, but despite Pettis’ impressive head kick KO over Joe Lauzon he could really use another win over a big name to really justify taking the No.1 contender spot in the divison.
A title fight that makes more sense at this moment in time is Henderson Vs the winner of Nate Diaz Vs Jim Miller. That bout is scheduled to headline ‘UFC On FOX 3’ meaning it’ll be seen by millions of fans on network TV so the momentum from that would carry perfectly into a pay-per-view title showdown.
Edgar believes he won the fight so no doubt he’ll be calling for an immediate rematch, but while that could happen some time down the line I don’t think there’s quite enough controversy over the decision to really justify it right now.
In the coming days and weeks there’s going to be a lot of talk about Edgar moving down to featherweight to face Jose Aldo for the title, but while most people agree he’d be well suited to that weight class the fighter himself has always been reluctant to commit to doing so. hopefully he can be persuaded though as it would be a cracking contest and the biggest fight the UFC could put on at 145lbs at this moment in time.
If Edgar does choose to stay at 155lbs then I’d pit him against Donald Cerrone next who’s also coming off a loss after a long winning streak as it would make for another exciting, dynamic showdown that would get the winner right back into the thick of things at the top end of the division.