TOKYO - Frankie Edgar wants a rematch.
“I really felt I won that fight,” a swollen-eyed Edgar said minutes after losing a five-round decision and his UFC lightweight belt to new champ Benson Henderson.
“My last two fights before this were rematches and from what I hear from my corner, they thought I won that fight too. So fair is fair, right?”
UFC president Dana White — who said the judges’ scorecards could have gone either way in the five-round brawl — seems to have other thoughts about a rematch.
White all but said Anthony (Showtime) Pettis will get the next shot.
Pettis — who was also on the UFC 144 card — won knockout of the night for his Cro Cop-like, shin-to-chin headkick that dropped Joe Lauzon.
“I think that would be a great fight,” White said.
But along with Edgar and Pettis, there are two other fighters in the mix to face Henderson.
UFC on FOX 3 on May 5 will be headlined by what has been billed as a lightweight top contender bout between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller.
So it’s getting a tad crowded in the penthouse of the lightweight division — which may make Edgar the odd man out.
There has been pressure on the New Jersey fighter to drop down a weight class.
Admittedly, he doesn’t cut any weight to hit the 155 lbs. limit and he is constantly facing bigger men in the Octagon.
A drop to 145-pound featherweight class would be an easy cut and would set up a battle with champ Jose Aldo — who is running short of worthy challengers.
But White said he won’t make any decisions on what’s next for Edgar or Henderson until he has had some time to mull over the possibilities and discuss the options with UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta and matchmaker Joe Silva.
“Really. It’s fight night. I’m not making any of those decisions tonight and you know that so you can stop asking,” White said.
Henderson said he’ll face whoever the UFC puts in front of him.
“You know, whoever it is, let’s do it,” said the 16-2 fighter who does have a loss to Pettis on his record.
“I want to defend this belt as many times as I can. However many times (middleweight champ) Anderson Silva defends his, I want that many plus one.”
Overall, White said he was pleased with the fight club’s first event in Japan in nearly a dozen years and the first since his group bought the company.
“The fights were awesome. The crowd was awesome. We will definitely be back to Japan,” White said.
AROUND THE OCTAGON
Fight night bonuses at UFC 144 were $65,000. Fight of the night honours went to Henderson and Edgar, knockout of the night went to Pettis and submission of the night went toVaughn Lee ... Henderson praises his mother at every fight. This time, for the biggest fight of his life, his Korean-born mother who raised him alone while working 16-hour shifts at the family convenience store, was cageside. And he could hear her yelling as he fought. “My mom has a pretty distinct voice. I can hear her anywhere,” Henderson said ... Quinton (Rampage) Jackson said he was suffering from a knee injury and was told by his doctors not to fight at UFC 144. “I wasn’t 100% but I really wanted to fight in Japan so I did anyways,” said Jackson, who lost his fight ... Yes. The slam hurt. That’s what Ryan Bader has to say about being picked up and dropped on his head by Jackson. “He rocked me. I landed right on my neck. I was kind of out of it and I just saw this big old dude coming at me swinging so I kind of got my wits about me and got back to my feet. So yeah, I was rocked a little bit.” ... Takeya Mizugaki, who lost a controversial decision in his fight against Chris Cariaso, will get his win bonus regardless, says UFC president White. “I thought he won that so we are going to do what’s right and pay him his win bonus.”