In the aftermath of last night’s UFC 125 main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard which ended in a draw, Dana White made the decision to overlook a rematch and instead continue with their original plan of putting Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis up for the title next.
Just hours later however the UFC president revealed to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that he’d had a change of heart.
“I hate to talk about what we’re going to do with future fights at a press conference when a card has just ended,” White admitted ruefully. “I had the whole Pettis thing with the belt on my mind and so I said, ‘Yeah, Pettis gets the next shot.’ But then when I thought about it more, how can I in good conscience not give that shot to Gray Maynard? It’s a no-brainer. He came in there and he fought his ass off and he deserves that rematch. That was a great fight and they deserve to do it again.”
It’s definitely the right thing to do, regardless of whether it makes as much sense from a business and financial perspective as Edgar Vs Pettis would have. Both Edgar and Maynard revealed after the fight that they would prefer to fight again to put beyond all doubt who should be the champion, and after giving their all in a fight that was far more entertaining than anyone had anticipated they’ve more than earned the right to do so.