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UFC president Dana White made no secret of the fact that he
and matchmaker Joe Silva both thought that Frankie Edgar beat Ben Henderson at UFC 144. He's also making no secret that Frankie Edgar "deserves" a rematch after he gave B.J. Penn an immediate rematch at UFC 118 after beating Penn at UFC 112.
But Dana is also a businessman and just as I predicted he isn't going to be giving Edgar an immediate rematch. Instead he is offering Edgar an immediate title shot against UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo at 145lbs. Here's Dana in his own words from last night's UFC on FX 2 press conference in Australia:
"I feel like Frankie Edgar absolutely deserves a rematch [against Ben Henderson], seeing as how every time this guy has fought, he's given everyone else a rematch," he said. "Yet, I don't want him to fight at 155 pounds, I want him to go to 145 and fight for that title. And if we do give him a rematch, it clogs up [the division] -- there are other guys that are in line waiting and it's just a big mess."