Dana White didn’t attend tonight’s UFC 125 post-fight press conference, but he relayed word that Anthony Pettis will still get the next UFC lightweight title shot despite the fact that Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard ended in a draw.
When asked about how he felt about the decision, Gray Maynard said he thought the belt was his and he’s “hurt” he’s getting passed over. Edgar said he would prefer to do a third fight with Maynard next for “closure.”
I don’t agree with the decision. I think Maynard deserves the next shot, but I’m not totally surprised they’re going with Pettis instead. If they want to capitalize on Pettis’s highlight-reel “Showtime kick” from his title fight with Ben Henderson, it’s going to be much easier to do that now than it will be in the second half of 2011. Still, giving Maynard the immediate rematch is the right thing to do.
If you think Maynard deserves the rematch, blow up Dana’s twitter. That’s where he listens to the fans.
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Update: Sometime between last night’s post-fight press conference and this morning, Dana White changed his mind about the next UFC lightweight title fight. Dana told Kevin Iole he doesn’t have the heart to tell Gray Maynard he is being passed over for another title shot so they could move forward with Pettis.
“I hate to talk about what we’re going to do with future fights at a press conference when a card has just ended,” White told Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole.
“I had the whole Pettis thing with the belt on my mind and so I said, ‘Yeah, Pettis gets the next shot.’ But then when I thought about it more, how can I in good conscience not give that shot to Gray Maynard? It’s a no-brainer. He came in there and he fought his ass off and he deserves that rematch. That was a great fight and they deserve to do it again.”
Good call, Dana.