It appears that neither is the likely scenario, at least according to UFC president Dana White’s comments at the UFC on Fox 3 kick-off press conference at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Tuesday.
Edgar believes he is owed an immediate rematch following a decision loss to Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan. When he captured the belt from B.J. Penn, Edgar agreed to an immediate rematch, and then did so again following a draw with Gray Maynard. Turnabout is fair play, right?
Nate Diaz, who faces Jim Miller in the main event of UFC on Fox 3 in May, however, said that he thought the winner of his fight would get the next title shot.
The UFC president backed him up.
“Well, I’m still obviously still dealing with the whole Frankie Edgar thing. I’m talking to Frankie and we’ll figure this thing out,” White said, before adding, “We did, we said the winner of (Diaz vs. Miller) would get the shot.”
Things don’t always go as planned, though. Injuries always play a factor, timing… possibly shifting weight classes.
Pressed further by a fan, who asked, “From what I remember, the winner of Jim Miller facing Nate Diaz gets a title shot, is this correct?” White responded, “This is correct.”
Considering the nuances of the situation, the UFC lightweight merry-go-round is still rotating in full swing, trying to find a good stopping point.