Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar had to give BJ Penn and Gray Maynard rematches. So, why wouldn’t he receive one after dropping the title by decision to Benson Henderson?
“I was pretty set on getting the rematch,” said Edgar Thursday during the pre-fight press conference. “The first fight didn’t go my way, I wanted a re-do and here we are.”
The two will square off Saturday night in the main event of UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II from Denver, Colorado. Henderson earned a close decision in Japan earlier this year.
After defeating Penn, Edgar was forced to go another five rounds with “The Prodigy.” His next bout was vs. Maynard, and the two fought to a draw. The third contest went to Edgar via stoppage.
The majority seemed to be in favor of Edgar dropping down to 145 pounds, including UFC president Dana White, but that wasn’t what Edgar wanted.
“Dana thought I would be a good fighter at ’45, but I wanted the rematch,” Edgar said. “He let me know his reasons, and I told him my reasons (for staying at lightweight).”