When Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn by controversial decision, he was made to give The Prodigy an immediate rematch. After he defeated Penn for a second time and fought Gray Maynard to a draw, he was made to give The Bully an immediate rematch.
When Edgar was beaten controversially by Benson Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan last month to lose the belt, he was pressed to drop to featherweight.
Unsurprisingly, Edgar wasn’t as on board with that idea as everyone else. Believing himself to be the rightful victor of his UFC 144 contest against Bendo, cutting weight to fight in a new division was out of the question for the New Jersey native. Edgar intended only to stand his ground at 155lbs, even if it meant giving up an immediate title shot in either division.
His stubbornness paid off, as Edgar was announced yesterday to be the first contender to Henderson’s lightweight throne. Speaking with MMAWeekly recently, Edgar explained how he got UFC president Dana White to change his tune and set up the rematch.
“Dana, he’s concerned and I respect him for that. He’s concerned, he thinks featherweight may be better for the longevity of my career, for my health and whatnot, but I disagree,” said Edgar. “I said, as a competitor, being the competitive person that I am and feeling that maybe that fight should’ve went my way, I want another chance at it. That’s when he said, ‘Alright man, well, you’re gonna get it.’”
Henderson vs. Edgar 2 is being scheduled for sometime this summer and, while Edgar doesn’t have an exact preference for the bout’s location, he did say that he would prefer to stay in America this time around.