Edgar-Henderson rematch undeserved

Benson Henderson (top) grapples with Clay Guida during their lightweight bout last November. (GETTY...

Benson Henderson (top) grapples with Clay Guida during their lightweight bout last November. (GETTY IMAGES)

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

I will be the first to admit Frankie Edgar was one of the most under-appreciated champs the UFC has ever had.

He’s tough as pavement, has the footwork of a ranked boxer and despite a 5-foot-6 frame, he has the heart of a giant and a chin made of metal.

So it’s a bit tough for me to write this.

But he doesn’t deserve a rematch with Benson Henderson.

UFC president Dana White announced the two would go at it again this summer for the lightweight title.

Sure, B.J, Penn got an immediate rematch when he lost the belt to Edgar and Gray Maynard fought Edgar back-to-back for the belt because the first one was a draw.

But at UFC 144, Edgar lost. He did it with heart and pride and bloodied and all those good things. But he lost.

Giving him the immediate rematch robs other worthy fighters of their chance.

Anthony Pettis — who has a victory over Henderson and is coming off a first round headkick victory over Joe Lauzon — is one.

The winner of Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller on May 5 — long-billed as a top contender fight — will be another.

There is no denying Edgar is in the mix at 155 pounds, but he is not at the top of the list.

His fight with Henderson — as close as some people may have seen it to be — does not deserve a do-over.

Henderson won. Time to move on.

jose.rodriguez@sunmedia.ca

 


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