Pettis-Henderson next on UFC card?

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 PM ET

TOKYO, JAPAN - Frankie Edgar wants a rematch.

“I really felt I won that fight,” said a swollen-eyed Edgar, 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,” said White of a Henderson-Pettis headliner.

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-lb. lightweight mark, and he is constantly facing bigger men in the Octagon.

A drop to the 145-lb. 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’s had time to mull over the possibilities and discuss the options with UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta and matchmaker Joe Silva.

“Really, it’s fight night,” White said. “I’m not making any of those decisions tonight, and you know that, so you can stop asking.”

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 MMA company.

“The fights were awesome. The crowd was awesome,” White added. “We will definitely be back to Japan.”

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