On Tuesday, Frankie Edgar got the news he has been waiting to hear.

Just a couple weeks after losing the UFC lightweight title to Benson Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan in a hotly contested fight, Edgar had his wish granted for a rematch that will go down this summer.

Henderson won the fight across the board by unanimous decision, but that’s not to say there wasn’t some controversy attached to it after several fighters, media outlets and even UFC President Dana White stated they scored the fight for Edgar.

White was in New York City on Tuesday for a press conference for the upcoming UFC on Fox 3 event taking place in New Jersey and he took some time before leaving town to meet with Edgar and his manager, and he gave them the answer they have been waiting for.

“It was a relief, it really was. A weight lifted off my chest, it’s been weighing on me. I definitely made it known that I wanted the rematch, I’m not going to sit there and I don’t want to argue for a title, I want to fight for a title. I’m just happy I get to fight for it now,” Edgar told MMAWeekly Radio on Tuesday evening.

Edgar says that White wasn’t convinced when they first sat down that they should do the rematch because the UFC’s head honcho was still of the belief that his best move was to drop down to 145lbs and challenge for the featherweight title.

Edgar made his case otherwise and White was sold on the rematch.

“Dana he was still concerned and I respect him for that. He thinks 145 might be better for the longevity of my career and my health and what not, and I disagree. Being the competitive person I am, feeling that maybe that fight should have went my way, I want another chance at it,” Edgar said.

“That’s when he said ‘alright man, you’re going to get it.”

Now that the fight is made, Edgar can get back to the business of training and preparing for a second showdown with Henderson later this year. Edgar has excelled at rematches recently defeating both B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard in back-to-back fights, and now he’ll try to create the same kind of magic when he fights Henderson again.

“That’s always the plan to get better between each fight and now that I kind of got to get in there and mix it up with him, we can only build and get better from there. He can too as well so that’s going to be the chess game. I feel like my track record’s pretty good in rematches so I want to keep it going,” Edgar stated.

“I also want to say I want to thank Ben too for taking the rematch, just like you mentioned before with B.J. (Penn), I didn’t have to accept it and I did, and Ben he didn’t have to accept it, and he has, so much respect to him as well.”

Check out the full audio interview with Frankie Edgar below just minutes after getting the news that he would get the rematch with Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight title:

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
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

Jason Knight explains why 'all he wanted to do was cry' before UFC on FOX 23 win over Alex Caceres

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

DENVER – After a big submission win over Alex Caceres at UFC on FOX 23, featherweight Jason Knight got emotional talking about his deceased father and went into adorable detail on his Dooho Choi call read news >>

Demian Maia addresses Jorge Masvidal situation, explains why it's still UFC title shot or bust

  • 23 days ago
  • 26 views

On a lengthy Facebook post, contender Demian Maia addressed Jorge Masvidal’s comments and again made his case as to why he deserves to be the next title challenger for the UFC welterweight belt.Filed read news >>

Bec Rawlings Explains Failure to Make Weight at UFC Houston | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 33 views

The lone fighter to miss weight for UFC Fight Night 104, Bec Rawlings on Friday explained why she was unable to hit the mark. read news >>

On 10-year UFC anniversary, what does Frankie Edgar remember, regret and wish he could do again?

  • 23 days ago
  • 11 views

Ten years after his UFC debut, former champ Frankie Edgar wishes he could back and do it all again. "I just think that the longer the sport goes, the better it's going to get for the athletes," the f read news >>

Could Former UFC Champ Frankie Edgar Be Latest to Test Out Free Agency?

  • 20 days ago
  • 11 views

Frankie Edgar is a little fed up. That's not a new stance from the popular former UFC champion. But he's not backing off it, either, and with his UFC contract set to expire, it could be causing Edgar read news >>

Why Rory MacDonald and not Michael Page next? Bellator 179's Paul Daley explains

  • 16 days ago
  • 46 views

Paul Daley has long been among the best welterweight fighters in the world. He has a chance to legitimize himself in a whole new way this spring, though, when he clashes with former UFC title challen read news >>

Michelle Waterson explains why UFC 208 headliner Holly Holm is 'one of my biggest mentors'

  • 15 days ago
  • 6 views

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Michelle Waterson has plenty of praise for teammate Holly Holm heading into Holm’s UFC 208 title fight against Germaine de Randamie. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Conor McGregor Tells GQ He'd Punch Floyd Mayweather's Head into the Bleachers

  • 11 days ago
  • 7 views

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has insisted he would knock Floyd Mayweather's head "clean off his shoulder" and "into the bleachers" if the two were ever to go toe-to-toe. Speculation has ra read news >>

Surging UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis explains why he wants hard-hitting Mark Hunt next

  • 3 days ago
  • 16 views

For the next three months, Derrick Lewis is treating the UFC like his “side chick.” But when he starts taking phone calls from the promotion, he hopes to hear Mark Hunt will be his next opponent. Fil read news >>