It seems as soon as Bruce Buffer read Benson Henderson as the winner in the UFC 144 main event, people began suggesting that just-deposed UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar should drop to featherweight and fight against competitors closer to his size.
The same guy that’s dominated the lightweight division for two years and just got finished battling the number one contender to a very close decision that many felt should have gone his way. Naturally, Edgar took umbrage at suggestions he should vacate his weight class, seeing them as disrespect. That’s in part why, during an appearance on MMAFighting’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Edgar declared his status as a lightweight and a desire for an immediate rematch with Henderson.
“I’m saying it, and I’m saying it loud: I want my rematch,” said Edgar. “I’m not going to have these antics or play these games. I’m telling you what I want. This is what I want. I think it’s fair. I think the fans want to see it. It was fight of the night. Listen, even if these guys want to see me get beat up, I do get beat up in a lot of my fights, even in the fights I win, so it’s win-win for everybody.”
For Edgar, an immediate rematch isn’t just what makes sense, it’s what’s right. After all, he gave BJ Penn and Gray Maynard both immediate rematches after close decisions, why shouldn’t he be granted the same courtesy?
“I think the rematch makes sense on several levels,” he said. “Not only can UFC be good guys, I think I earned it. Economically, they’ve been investing money in me. I’ve been at the helm of this weight class for two years now. I think it just makes sense; it makes sense for them and obviously for me. Let’s do it.”