Pettis and his matrix style kick will have to wait as Dana White insists upon a well deserved rematch between Edgar and Maynard.
Dana White told MMAjunkie.com, "After Craig made the announcement, I had a lot of people talking to me, and the reality is, Gray Maynard deserves that fight. We had planned on doing Anthony Pettis next, but Gray went in there and fought his ass off and deserves another chance.
"In the UFC, we do the right thing, and the right thing is to put on this rematch."
And he’s right, the two deserve the rematch, the fans deserve the rematch and most of all, it is the right thing to do in this case; the question is more of a matter of when.
In a show of class, after being informed he would fight Pettis, Edgar stated he preferred the fight Maynard. Maynard, highly discouraged at the post fight conference expressed his disappointment in the fight’s outcome, “I worked my ass off for this.” he somberly stated.
The fan reaction is highly mixed. Many feel that the UFC keeping its word to Pettis is more important than seeing the third fight between these two come to fruition. Others feel a fight against Pettis is unfair until a clear winner is determined. To them, a title retention via a draw is inadequate for a follow up title fight against another champion.
Satisfied with the fight results or not, angry over the Pettis put off not; the next two UFC Lightweight Championship fights are sure to be as epic as Saturday nights championship thriller!