Frankie Edgar Doesn’t Want Jose Aldo; He Still Wants Henderson Rematch


Frankie Edgar and Dana White UFCThere is a battle a brewing in the UFC, but this one is set to take place outside the Octagon.

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar lost his title to Benson Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan over the weekend. Most fans and pundits agree that the decision – although it went unanimously to Henderson according to the judges – could be argued in favor of either fighter.

In the end, however, Henderson walked away with the belt, while Edgar went home empty handed.

Having granted immediate rematches to both of the two most recent fighters he’s faced (B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard), Edgar believes that such a courtesy should be extended to him, as well. But that’s where the crux of the situation arises.

UFC president Dana White has long believed that Edgar, as successful as he’s been at lightweight, has been fighting outside of his natural weight class of 145 pounds. He’s now using the loss to try and nudge Edgar out of the lightweight division down to featherweight.

“I have a lot of mixed feelings about a rematch. Frankie Edgar absolutely deserves one, seeing as how every fight this guy has fought, he’s given everybody else a rematch,” said White at the UFC on FX 2 pre-fight press conference.

“Yet, I don’t want him to fight at 155 pounds. I want him to go to 145 and fight for that title.”

He’s even offering Edgar an immediate shot at the belt currently wrapped around 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo’s waist.

That’s all well and good by Edgar, but he wants a rematch just the same.

Edgar’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, told MMAWeekly.com as much on Sunday following the fight. And when contacted by senior reporter Damon Martin on Wednesday following White’s remarks, he reiterated those sentiments.

Abdel-Aziz was clear.

Edgar does not want to drop to 145 pounds. He does not want an immediate shot at Jose Aldo. He wants to get back what he believes is rightfully his, the UFC lightweight championship that Benson Henderson currently harbors.

White has made it just as clear that he would like Edgar to drop down to 145. But he has often said that he doesn’t make those decisions for fighters, he leaves it to the fighter and his camp to determine the fighter’s weight class.

And at this point, Edgar and his camp are all-in at 155 pounds.

Make no bones about it; Frankie Edgar wants his rematch!

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 6 days ago
  • 1243 views

Conor McGregor wasn't the only fighter heading into UFC Fight Night 59 with a featherweight title shot hanging in the balance. So too, was former division No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar, who climbed h read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

LAS VEGAS – If victorious later this month, Conor McGregor will get a title shot, and “it’ll be the biggest fight that division has ever had.”Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 20 views

LAS VEGAS - If Conor McGregor gets past Dennis Siver on Jan. 18 in Boston, a grudge match with longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo is up next. And it could headline the most ambitious stadium u read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 116 views

UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas discusses the upcoming title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 9 views

Jose Aldo and Patricio Freire are at the top of the food chain in the UFC and Bellator featherweight divisions, respectively, but what would happen if they fought each other one day? Aldo and "Pitbul read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

After multiple claims about his pay, Jose Aldo said that he'll have a discussion with the UFC about the subject. The public displeasure about his pay may end in a salary raise for Jose Aldo. The UFC read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 28 views

Don't just talk about it ... be about it. It's common practice for an athlete such as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to air his or her grievances through media. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UF read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 53 views

In news that's not particularly surprising, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Irish featherweight sensation Conor McGregor will be next for Jose Aldo if he gets past Dennis Siver on January 19t read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 48 views

But the question remains: Ireland ... or Brazil? While we shouldn't put the cart before the German horse, not may fans (or pundits, for that matter) are giving featherweight veteran Dennis Siver much read news >>