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

March 6, 2012

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.