Frankie Edgar's rise to stardom started when he knocked off B.J. Penn to become the UFC lightweight champion. He then continued his rise as the top UFC lightweight by defeating Penn for a second time, followed by back-to-back fights with Gray Maynard.
The first fight with Maynard ended in a controversial draw, but the second matchup was much more decisive, as Edgar finished Maynard with a fourth-round knockout.
Edgar has always came to fight and has always looked impressive in rematches. It was no different last night at UFC 150.
That's why it was shocking to me to hear that Benson Henderson was still the UFC lightweight champion.
Here are five bouts that former champion Frankie Edgar could have next.
Yeah, I know I just said that White said no rematch. But he's lied before, right?
In the last fight between Henderson and Edgar, I felt Henderson won pretty clearly. But Edgar still received a rematch.
Last night, the bout was highly contested and very close, with Rounds 3, 4 and 5 all being toss-ups.
I felt Edgar was the more active fighter and had done enough to win, but the judges felt differently.
Henderson is 2-0 against Edgar, but with last night's fight being so close. There is a slim chance we could see Henderson-Edgar III.
Speaking of rematches, this would be a ridiculous fourth meeting between Edgar and Maynard.
Why would they fight again, you ask? Well, simply put, they are 1-1-1 against each other.
The two men have put on great fights. And with Edgar coming off a loss and Maynard coming off a win, a fourth matchup with no title on the line would make sense for both men.
Following Pettis' win over Benson Henderson in the WEC, he was supposed to come over to the UFC and receive an immediate title shot. But when Edgar and Maynard fought to a draw and had to rematch, Pettis lost his place at the front of the line.
Now, coming off a huge knockout over Joe Lauzon, Pettis is again considered a lightweight contender. But he needs one more big win to earn a title shot. What better way to earn a title shot than against the former champion?
A bout between Edgar and Pettis would put one of the two men right back into title contention.
Lose two straight fights and earn a title shot in another division?
If that division is featherweight, then yes.
Following his decisive loss to Henderson, Dana White said Edgar would indeed receive an immediate title shot if he dropped to 145. But Edgar declined and was granted a rematch at the 155 title.
Now, coming off a controversial loss to Henderson, the offer may still be on the table.
Fans have been calling for the featherweight drop of Edgar for some time now. And although last night's loss was very disappointing for Edgar, it may be just what he needed to get him into the featherweight division.
Here is my curveball and the fight I'd most like to see.
As said in the previous slide, Edgar could receive an immediate title shot at 145, but following the loss last night, Dana White said no title shot was guaranteed.
While the featherweight division is thin, Jose Aldo already has his next title challenger lined up. So even if the UFC wanted to give Edgar an immediate title shot, it couldn't happen until at least early-2013. Therefore, let Edgar get a fight against a top 145er for his debut. And what better first opponent than the Korean Zombie Chan-Sung Jung?
Jung is coming off a crazy win against Dustin Poirier back in May, and many were hoping the UFC would pull Koch out of the title fight and insert Jung, but that didn't happen.
Now, Jung seems to be next in line for a featherweight title shot. But if former lightweight champion Edgar drops down, he'll likely leap Jung for that spot.
Therefore, have the two men fight. It has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year, and I guarantee fans will go home happy after the two clash.