Following his first loss in nearly four years and his first loss since winning the UFC lightweight title, much discussion has been made concerning Frankie Edgar’s future following UFC 144. But according to Edgar, it is much ado about nothing, as he maintains that he wants to remain at lightweight and that he feels he deserves a rematch with Benson Henderson.
After defeating Gray Maynard at UFC 136 last October, UFC President Dana White touted Edgar as a top 3 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. But after the loss to Henderson at UFC 144, White was singing a very different tune. White stated that he feels Edgar would be best served by dropping to the featherweight division.
However, Edgar’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz spoke with mmaweekly.com, and said Edgar does not planning on dropping to 145 pounds..yet.
“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,” Abdel-Aziz said to mmaweekly.com
Abdel-Aziz went on to speak on the match, stating he felt that Edgar won the match and that he deserves a rematch with Henderson. He points to something else that Dana White said, with White admitting that he personally felt that Edgar won the match.
Because of that, Abdel-Aziz mentioned that he will speak with White and Joe Silva, and that he will ask that Edgar gets an immediate rematch with Henderson.
Following the event’s conclusion, UFC commentator Joe Rogan was quoted as saying that it is likely that Anthony Pettis will earn the next title shot. In the event’s post-fight press conference, Dana White did not comment on the immediate future, which leaves open the possibility of a second match between Edgar and Henderson.
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