While Frankie Edgar now knows that he will be facing Benson Henderson later this year for the chance to recapture the UFC lightweight title, his mood wasn’t always so jovial.

Just moments after losing his belt to Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan, UFC commentator Joe Rogan immediately asked him about a potential drop to 145 pounds.

A little while later, at the UFC 144 post-fight press conference, reporters in turn hounded Edgar about a potential move down to the featherweight division.

With a 14-2-1 record overall, all while competing in the lightweight division, in that moment Edgar wasn’t mad that the questions about him dropping to featherweight kept coming in, but he just didn’t understand why.

“At the time I was just so upset I just lost my title and everything, I don’t think I was even thinking about what anybody was really asking,” Edgar said on MMAWeekly Radio.

“In hindsight, I guess you could say I don’t know if you’d call it disrespectful, people have got a job to do, and (dropping to 145) is something that Dana was kind of hinting to, so I think the media was just following suit a little bit.”

Over the past several years, Edgar has picked up wins over names like B.J. Penn twice, Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and Jim Miller, who most believe are still the best of the best in the lightweight division. Not to mention he just lost a very close decision to Benson Henderson, in a fight many scored him winning.

So when it came down to questions about his move to featherweight, Edgar didn’t take offense, but he actually felt like it was a slap in the face to some of his past opponents.

“I’ve been so dominant at this weight class, I beat some very good guys, and I don’t feel it’s disrespectful towards me, I feel it’s disrespectful towards them,” Edgar stated. “It is what it is.”

Will Edgar ever decide to move down to featherweight?

The possibility will always be there, but with his rematch with Benson Henderson looming overhead for later this year, Frankie Edgar is looking to be the best lightweight in the world and featherweight is in his rear view mirror for now.

Earning another chance to get his belt back, that’s all Edgar wanted, and if he had to endure some talk about dropping down to 145 pounds to get there, it was all worth it.

“I’m just super fortunate to have the team that I have and the management that I have,” Edgar said. “And the support from the fans and everyone else to really have my back and get me this shot.”

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