Former UFC Champ Frankie Edgar Gets His Man; Rematch Granted with Benson Henderson

March 6, 2012
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Frankie Edgar UFC 144After all the will he or won’t he, who is next, what about me talk, it appears that former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will be the fighter the championship merry-go-round stops for.

UFC president Dana White on Tuesday tweeted, “Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson rematch will be this summer.”

Edgar lost the belt to Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan.

Talk immediately focused on a possible fight between Anthony Pettis and Henderson after Pettis’ stunning knockout of Joe Lauzon the same night.

Of course, the winner of UFC on Fox 3’s main event between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller was also promised a title shot.

The problem with all the chatter about Pettis, Diaz, and Miller was the question begging to be asked: what about Frankie Edgar?

White was hoping to talk Edgar into dropping down to 145 pounds to challenge featherweight champion Jose Aldo, but that was the farthest thing from the former champion’s mind.

It was a close fight with Henderson, and Edgar was upset that all the talk immediately shifted to someone else getting the first crack at the new champion instead of him.

When Edgar won the belt from B.J. Penn, he agreed to an immediate rematch. After defeating Penn a second time, Edgar fought to a draw with Gray Maynard. Again, he agreed to an immediate rematch, knocking Maynard out in the ensuing battle.

So, after losing a narrow decision to Henderson, was it so outlandish that Edgar would expect to be treated the same?

“Frankie deserves a rematch,” Edgar’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, told MMAWeekly.com after the fight. “Frankie in the future will go down to 145, but he’s not going to go down now, he’s not. He’s not getting manhandled. He’s not getting destroyed. He won the fight.”

It appears that Edgar won’t be forced to go anywhere, but back into the Octagon. As White announced on Twitter and Abdel-Aziz confirmed to MMAWeekly.com, Edgar will get the rematch against Henderson this summer, although the date and location have yet to be announced.

“Frankie’s not the type of guy to lose and then just cower and move to 145,” commented Abdel-Aziz. “This kid has so much heart and determination.”

And now he’ll get the chance to show that one more time against Benson Henderson.

 

  • matty

    I am surprised they gave him the rematch. I would of thought Henderson vs Petis would of been more marketable. Oh well I will rent either way!

    • match maker

      …its simple get that bad arse melendez from strike force in. Champ V Champ. If his ranked in the top 10 pound for pound he deserves the chance to unify or leave the strikeforce tittle vacant and be number 1 contender.

      Petitis V Edgar
      Guida V Maynard
      Diaz V Miller
      Cerone v Barboza If Barboza overcomes this battle he will shot up the rank. definitely the one to watch

    • KBEsq

      I am surprised they granted the rematch too, but I am happy they made the decision and gave Edgar what he deserved. I don’t think Edgar should get the rematch because he won the fight (I think he deserved the loss, compustrike be damned), but it was close enough where it is just the right thing to do.

      I think this fight should be marketable. I think Edgar will fight more aggressively and take more chances. I think we’ll have a definitive winner this time.

      Good decision.

  • Anthony

    I saw this coming a mile away–now watch Benson put an exclamation point on his last win and knock old Frankies head off.

    • collideoverme

      To be honest, yes he deserved it. Secondly, I do hope Bendo wins just for the simple fact I do NOT want to see a third fight between them.

  • pooby

    Christ. Dana is like my wife in a clothing store. Make up your damn mind! Wasn’t it just reported a matter of hours ago that Dana told a reporter the winner of Diaz/ Miller would be next for Bendo? Or did he just mean the winner’s next fight would be for the title? Right after Frankie and Bendo fought Dana said that Pettis was next.

    I’m not going to pay to see Edgar/Henderson 2. It will be another close decision and if it goes to Ben, Frankie will bitch and want another shot immediately. If Ben wins, he will want a rubber match.

    I like most things about Edgar, but I’m tired of seeing him fight for the title. I hope Ben wrecks him.

  • pooby

    Oops, I meant if Ben LOSES he will want a rubber match.

    • Booker T

      Well said pooby, I won’t buy it either.

      • lawrensco

        I bet a solid co-main event will get your wallets out. Regardless, you’ll be watching this fight, no doubt about it.

  • phrankthetank

    I think Frankie absolutely deserves this. It was a damn close fight and it could have gone either way, when you add the fact that Frankie had to rematch twice it really is only fair that he gets his chance. Pettis needs to have one more solid win before he’s in title contention and Miller vs Diaz is still 2 months away. And if miller wins that it will be a rematch anyway.

  • Towers66

    Another promise from Dana that falls through. I think Diaz, Miller and Pettis would all make for bigger PPV draws and more exciting fights. Now every champ is going to want a rematch as soon as they lose the title. Edgar clearly lost the fight he should have to get back in line like the rest. Bj was a well deserved rematch. Maynard was a draw. Edgar lost a Unanimous Decision and should not be granted an immediate rematch because defeat does not sit well with him. I will not be nabbing that PPV to watch the same thing happen.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Another fu@king rematch. Fu@k me. They need to knock this bull$hit off. All it does it bottleneck the division and leave deserving contenders hanging.

    Frankie’s a good fighter but he does not deserve an immediate rematch. Go win a few and earn your way back to the top of the list.

  • trevor

    Whatever …he had to rematch Penn and Maynard so let it roll. Nobody really cares if your buying this PPV on your mom’s visa. I will be watching with the boys at 5 bucks each I’m in!

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      Penn was a dominant champ and he fought to a draw with Maynard, that’s why those rematches happened. Edgar hasn’t done enough as champ to warrant an immediate rematch.

      • KBEsq

        I’m sorry (because I normally agree with EVERYTHING you say) but not this. Penn was not that dominant of a lightweight champ from the time he won it from Stephenson. In fact, he was the champ for just as long as Edgar has been. Penn got the rematch because the UFC wanted Penn to be the champ…period. The first Edgar/Penn fight was actually not even as close as the Edgar/Henderson fight. Edgar was the champ for two years, and beat that dominant champ twice. Then he went and knocked out his biggest nemesis.

        I agree with you that people shouldn’t be citing the Maynard rematch to support the argument that Edgar deserves a rematch because the first fight was a draw, and the rematch just had to happen. But people should sure as hell be citing the Penn rematch to support Edgard/Henderson II. Respectfully, I think he’s done enough, and I, like many, hate to see the belt change hands in such a close fight.

  • bajafox

    Good news, $50 in my pocket this summer

  • maddawgmar

    I really don’t see any other way. No other fighter has earned a title shot yet. The only person who had, lost to Diaz. Pettis doesnt deserve one, yeah he KO’d Lauzon, but big deal, he got beat up by Guida and eeked by Stephens, not to impressive in the UFC. Miller is on a one fight win streak, and already lost to Henderson. And Diaz has only one win since coming back to lightweight. Who else is there? Edgar is the only one who deserves a shot.

    I think it shoulda been Diaz v Pettis for a shot. And Miller v Maynard. Would have been great.

    • match maker

      …its simple get that bad arse melendez from strike force in. Champ V Champ. If his ranked in the top 10 pound for pound he deserves the chance to unify or leave the strikeforce tittle vacant and be number contender.

      Petitis V Edgar
      Guida V Maynard
      Diaz V Miller
      Cerone v Barboza If Barboza overcomes this battle he will shot up the rank. definitely the one to watch

  • Towers66

    @Trevor, you enjoy watching Edgar get beat up again. I’ll read about the fight for free in the morning. Why would my mom pay for UFC fights for me? I don’t get it. Why the hostility? It seems you are offended that I stated I have no interest in this lame rematch. A rematch in a division that has contenders waiting for a shot but instead have to sit back and wait a year or more because every title fight in lightweight division is rematched. I think Edgar is a good fighter, I think he will probably be champ again in one of the weight classes. I don’t believe many people want to see this as bad as they want to see Pettis/Diaz/Miller fight Benson. That is my OPINION… Don’t hate.

  • D-rail

    Ridiculos non-sense! That picture on the article of Frankie says it all, “Whaaah I won, I’ll hold my breath if I don’t get a rematch, I won, I won DANA!”. I blame all the idiots that are keeping this rematch trend going, making all of Frankie’s title defenses re-runs. He’s clearly in denial with his spoilet little man syndrome. I hope Bendo KTFO’s him to featherweight & then Aldo to Bantamweight where can rematch Dominic all he wants. Getting really old this!

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    I hope this fight ends in a draw. It would amuse me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1738651725 tonyattenson

    Maybe if theres a definitive win when fighting for the title , there wouldnt need to be a rematch—if the fighters dont define a clear winner in the alloted # of rounds you have the rematch and settle it. This was not a definitive win for Henderson–yes , I thought he won, but allot of people didnt, including Edgar himself–they have to fight again until one on them TAKES the belt instead of barley wins it. It may have been a unanamous decion, but allot of people–even Dana didnt see it that way-on top of that Frankie did give two rematches prior–whats right is right-thats why there should be a rematch

  • kneedleskane

    In this corner its Fankie “The Rematch” Edgar vs. every guy hes ever faced for a second time in a row!!!!