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Dana: Edgar gets next title shot at 145 lb. or works back up 155 lb. division

The big question in the mma community. Should Edgar get the rematch he desires? According to UFC president, it’s not happening. Despite Edgar defending the title in consecutive rematches president Dana White does not want to clog the division any longer.

I talked to him on the phone,” said White. “I think everybody is pretty clear on what I would like to see him do — I’d like to see him go down to his natural weight of 145 pounds. I feel like Frankie Edgar absolutely deserves a rematch [against Ben Henderson], seeing as how every time this guy has fought, he’s given everyone else a rematch,” he said. “Yet, I don’t want him to fight at 155 pounds, I want him to go to 145 and fight for that title. And if we do give him a rematch, it clogs up [the division] — there are other guys that are in line waiting and it’s just a big mess.”

Many fans along with Edgar and management feel that Edgar is being slighted and perhaps ‘disrespected,’ White explains this could not be further from the truth. White shares concerns of Edgar’s longevity in the sport and would  like to see him fight at his ‘natural’ weight class of 145 lb.

There is no doubt, when you talk about respecting a guy, I have so much respect for Frankie Edgar and what he’s been able to do at 155 pounds because he had to — because there wasn’t a 145-pound division — and he did it,” said White. “I really like and respect Frankie Edgar as a human being — take the whole fighting thing out of it. This guy belongs at 145 pounds. When you are a professional fighter, you have a small window of opportunity to compete and be a professional athlete. There are only so many wars you have in you. You can’t have this long, amazing career fighting wars all the time. So, I don’t know.”

The denial doesn’t come without some good news for the former champ however as he is offered the next title shot against champ Jose Aldo at his ‘natural’ 145 lb. weight.

Absolutely, (Edgar) walks straight into a title shot,” White declared during Wednesday’s UFC on FX 2 press conference.

Should Edgar refuse the title shot, he will need to work his way back up the 155 lb. ladder to have a chance to avenge his recent loss against Ben Henderson.

“If I’m going to deny him the rematch for the 155-pound title, and I’m going to make him move to 145 and say, ‘Yeah, you’re gonna have to fight a couple fights first to get the title.’ Does that sound right? No.”


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