UFC 150 was a tough night for former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. He had his chance to get the UFC lightweight strap back from current champ Ben Henderson and many thought that he did enough to pull it off.
Two of the three judges, however, did not.
Edgar did enough to get a 49-46 from one judge, but the other two scored it 48-47 for Henderson. The New Jersey native was visibly and vocally disappointed after the decision was announced.
There is no doubting that it was a close bout. Henderson decisively won the first round with kicks and a close guillotine choke. Edgar easily took the second round by dropping Henderson with a right hand and controlling him on the ground. The next three rounds were difficult to call.
Whether the decision was the right one or not is debatable, but it has been made. Edgar acknowledges this and is ready to move on.
So, what's next for him?
That depends whether or not he wants to drop to the featherweight division.
There is no doubting that Edgar is more than capable of continuing to compete at 155 lbs., but if he wants to champion, 145 lbs. is the place for him to be. It would take him years to get another title shot at lightweight, unless Henderson loses the belt to someone else.
If Edgar does drop to featherweight, Chad Mendes seems the most logical fight to me. Both fighters are extremely talented and have similar styles, so this could make for an exciting fight. It seems unlikely that Edgar would be given an immediate title shot at featherweight, but a win over Mendes would probably make him next in line.
There are still interesting fights for Edgar at lightweight. Clay Guida and Joe Lauzon are both currently in need of opponents and Edgar versus either of them would be fun to see. Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis also make sense, but a win over either of them would put Edgar almost back into position for a title shot and that's not what the UFC wants.
Things didn't go the way Edgar wanted, but title or no, he has the heart of a champion and I'm sure we'll see him back in action soon.