Dana White | Frankie Edgar Can Get Immediate Title Shot In 145 Division, Unsure If Lightweight Still An Option
“I have a lot of mixed feelings about a rematch. Frankie Edgar absolutely deserves one, seeing as how every fight this guy has fought, he’s given everybody else a rematch. Yet, I don’t want him to fight at 155 pounds. I want him to go to 145 and fight for that title… If I’m gonna deny him the rematch for the 155-pound title. I’m gonna 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. I don’t know what’s going to happen in this situation. Frankie and I are still talking.”
During yesterday’s UFC on FX 2 pre-fight press conference UFC president Dana White went on record and stated that if Frankie Edgar moves to the UFC’s featherweight division he will get an immediate title shot against Jose Aldo. However, he stopped short of saying the same would be true at lightweight, the division where Edgar just lost his title.
For the past two years the 155 pound division has been clogged up with rematch after rematch and Benson Henderson winning the title gave everyone a sigh of relief. The future now looks hopeful that the lightweight division will become more active in the championship realm, however a rematch for Edgar would stall out the contender line once again and for the third straight year.
For Edgar, UFC president Dana White is saying that he may not have a choice, that he make him go down to 145 pounds if he wants to continue his career. One reason is due to his size and another reason is due to the continual damage Edgar takes in his fights against larger opponents.
Almost any fighter will tell you that you never give up a chance to fight for a UFC title, if the UFC offers you a title shot you take it, regardless of circumstance.
Will Frankie deny White’s offer to take a shot at Jose Aldo and waste an opportunity to become the third man in UFC history to win two separate division titles?