Frankie Edgar (Pictured) may have been handed a unanimous decision defeat to Benson Henderson at UFC 144, and sported a left eye so battered that it was sealed completely shut at the post-fight press conference, but Edgar still believes he should be leaving Japan with his lightweight title in tow.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Ben, he did a great job but I thought I won that fight,” Edgar flatly stated. “He came hard, and I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I thought I did enough to win those rounds.
“I’m not trying to shoot anyone out of what they deserve, but I had to do two immediate rematches. So what’s right?”
Edgar initially captured the crown in April 2010 by posting a unanimous decision win over BJ Penn, who most believed was the greatest 155-pounder mixed martial arts had ever seen at that point. Although he was forced to grant Penn an instant rematch, the results were the same – except his victory was even more convincing in the second go-round.
Edgar then fought Gray Maynard to a highly-controversial draw at UFC 125. Although UFC president Dana White initially claimed he wouldn’t arrange an immediate do over, he promptly changed his mind less than an hour later. Edgar responded by rallying from an opening round onslaught to put his nemesis to sleep in the 4thRound this past October.
So, what is the proper reply to “The Answer’s” question? What’s right?
If Edgar is granted his wish, the 30-year-old would be the only fighter in UFC history to compete in six consecutive championship affairs with half of them being of the rematch variety. Unfortunately for him, White appears to be leaning towards a different sequel – Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis II.