Frankie Edgar Explains How He Was Offered Rematch With Benson Henderson

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2012

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Frankie Edgar finally got his rematch with Benson Henderson.

For several weeks, the former UFC lightweight champion voiced his frustration over the judges' decision to award Henderson the 155-pound title at UFC 144, which was met with some controversy. 

Edgar and his manager met with UFC President Dana White earlier this week to discuss the possibility of a rematch against Henderson and he was happy to hear the response.

“It was a relief, it really was. A weight lifted off my chest," Edgar told MMAWeeklyRadio. "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."

However, White was not sold on the rematch at first due to his persistence on seeing Edgar move down to 145 pounds. 

But they both eventually came to an agreement.

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

Edgar has had previous success in rematches, defeating BJ Penn and Gray Maynard on respective occasions, and he hopes to repeat that same success against Henderson later this year.

"I feel like my track record’s pretty good in rematches so I want to keep it going,” he said. "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."