Frankie Edgar: ‘I Do Feel I Won That Fight’

February 26, 2012
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Frankie EdgarFormer UFC lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar believes he did enough to retain his belt against Benson Henderson in the UFC 144 main event in Saitama, Japan on Saturday.

Of course, the three cage-side judges disagreed, scoring Henderson the unanimous winner.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Ben.  He did a great job, but I do feel I won that fight,” said the former champion during the UFC 144 post-fight press conference.

“He came hard.  I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I thought I did enough to win those rounds.”

Edgar would like an immediate rematch with Henderson, but Anthony Pettis seems to be the frontrunner for the next title shot.

Henderson lost his WEC lightweight title to Pettis back in December of 2010.  Pettis delivered a highlight reel knockout finish over Joe Lauzon in the first bout of the UFC 144 pay-per-view earning Knockout of the Night honors.  There’s a natural storyline built in with a Henderson and Pettis rematch for the UFC title.

Following the event, UFC president Dana White was asked what Pettis’ win over Lauzon means in terms of a title shot.  “I think he’s going to get it,” he said.

Edgar doesn’t want to trample on Pettis’ toes, but believes he should be granted an immediate rematch with Henderson.

“I’m not trying to shoot anybody out of anything they deserve, but I had to do two immediate rematches, so what’s right?” questioned Edgar.

B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard were given immediate rematches with Edgar after he defeated Penn by decision to obtain the lightweight title and fought to a draw with Maynard at UFC 125.

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  • matty

    I think Henderson won the fight. Edgar showed major heart however in my opinion he needs to move down to 145. Henderson is bigger and stronger and if Edgar gets his rematch I can’t see the fight going any better for Edgar then it did last night. Henderson vs Showtime 2 is the next lightweight title fight we are going to see and I cannot wait!

    • DrkDisciple

      I agree with most of what you wrote. However I think showtime has to beat a couple of better guys to deserve a title shot. Lauzon migh be in some rankings a top 10 guy but he is closer to 10 then to 5.

  • I don’t get what these judges saw but as a fighter myself, Franky Edgar won that fight without a doubt! And now a fan of Franky Edgar!! For him to have been considered to be the smaller opponent, sure was putting in all the work and heart!! Henderson was the challenger and I did not see him being the Victor. He attempted a fancy kick that didn’t land, a submission that didn’t hold and one take down that had no affect. Okay so he had one up kick that buckled Franky but wasn’t able to finish him and immediately went for the clinch. Franky landed more accurate punches, including better combinations, better kick defense, take downs and just all around better fighter. Feel the judges couldn’t get past the size or past the cut and swelling in his eye. Hey that’s just part of it but sometimes a kick and a few jabs can do that. Franky Edgar won fight!!!

    • DrkDisciple

      If getting beat up for four rounds means you won the fight then I guess Edgar dominated this one!

  • Frankie did not win that fight. He did land some strikes, but he did not seem as dominant as his last few bouts. He doesn’t deserve a rematch because this fight was not as close as the one Frankie had with Maynard and Penn. In the last 10 seconds of the fight, Henderson dropped Frankie with a knee and had some great ground and pound at the end of the fight. Henderson was the aggressor most of the fight, have a tight guillotine (which was more significant than anything Edgar did), and he caused more damage. On another note, I know Anthony Pettis personally and I think he’s great, but he should defeat at least one of the top contenders before he gets a title shot. However, I do want to see the rematch between him and Benson and I believe the UFC will put it together just for the allure of their first fight. It’ll be a moneymaker matchup.

  • RubeKegal

    Close fight, could have gone either way and I wouldn’t have been disappointed. Edgar clearly landed more but Henderson did more damage as one could easily see. Seemed like a mental lapse for Frankie in that upkick position. I don’t know why the hell anyone puts themselves in that position. Frankie is known for speed and head movement and he literally stood there motionless for 3 seconds inviting the upkick which made Frankie’s face look like hamburger.

  • rezsurfer

    geezus, another fighter who LOST and wants a automattic rematch, wth! YOU LOSING FIGHTERS need to accept that and move on and work your way back to the champ fight. now everyone thinks they shouldnt have to work there way back up. You lost and thats that let the other fighters in line have a shot you had it, you lost it. its over.. get over it. no more automatic rematches is what i say….

  • Santz

    Wow, come on guys…were you watching the same fight I was? It wasn’t close at all! Ben Henderson dominated, beat up, and just plain bullied Edgar around the cage for 5 rounds. It should have been maybe 49-46 on all the judges’ cards. Edgar was landing very insignificant strikes while Henderson landed hard. Sure Frankie kept catching his kicks, but after the damage was done since Henderson leaves his leg out there to grab all the time. Edgar never came close to finishing while Henderson did several times. Edgar may have a lot of heart, will, and determination, but that’s not one of the factors they judge. Benson controlled the stricking, was the agressor the whole fight, and controlled the cage for the entire fight…those are factors the judges look at to win the fight. So step aside Jersey boy…go to some stupid Jersey club with your tight t-shirt and go be an idiot with your douchebag Jersey friends and yes men that tell you how great you are. Let someone else get a shot. He had to do immediate rematches because the fights were really close…one was a draw…this was not so move along!

  • whiteman17

    Yes Frankie you won the fight..your face proves it hahaha

  • Frankie, you’re delusional my friend!

  • avbryce1

    I hear Frankie’s argument about an immediate rematch. However, Henderson CLEARLY won the fight, but lets be real Frankie….How long did you really think you’d last at 155? Drop some weight and fight at 145 maybe even 135 where you really belong.

  • hollafront1314

    How is his fight even a close fight? Did you see his face after the fight?

  • Towers66

    This not an argument, this IS fact: Edgar got destroyed. Period.

  • D-rail

    Pettis should be the next challenger for that title period!! The doppie puppies that think Pettis should fight a few more guys are delusional. Like who? Clearly there’s NO ONE RELEVANT, DUMMIES! And Edgar, dude, your obviously can’t keep fighting bigger lightweights, they’re going to keep smashing u. MOVE TO FEATHERWEIGHT WHERE U BELONG. Edgar needs to stop being stubborn, when he can still be a champ at a different weight class.

  • julianmoran

    Frankie Edgar
    “I think I did enough to win the fight, I landed more punch and more take downs..”

    Edgar landed 1 solid punch in 5 rounds.
    Just about all of his take downs ended up with either Ben Henderson on top or back up within 2 seconds..

    Ben Henderson completely dominated the fight and showed Edgar’s style to be absolutely ineffective against him.

  • julianmoran

    Did anyone see the fighters faces after the fight? Frankie Edgar had no power behind his punches, he just fought for points.

    The way I see it Edgar is 2 and 3 in his last 5 fights.
    Edgar vs Henderson, Loss
    Edgar vs Maynard 3, Win
    Edgar vs Maynard 2, Loss
    Edgar vs BJ Penn 2, Win
    Edgar vs BJ Penn 1, Loss
    He allready got 2 title rematches following losses, why give him a third one?

  • julianmoran

    No one wants to see this rematch, as a matter of fact no one wants to see Edgar fight what so ever. Edgar is one of the least entertaining fighters in the division.. and the cockiest.

  • opposition13

    Frankie is starting to sound like Bisping and Franklin. He thought he did just enough? Just enough was not good enough obviously.

  • hollafront1314

    i dont know whats so controversial about this fight ? i thought henderson dominated the fight, all 5 rounds..