Frankie Edgar will get his lightweight title rematch after all.
Both UFC president Dana White and Edgar confirmed Tuesday night that Edgar would meet new lightweight champion Benson Henderson in a rematch of their UFC 144 title fight. Henderson beat Edgar via unanimous decision on Feb. 26 in Japan to capture the UFC lightweight title.
After the fight, White said he would rather Edgar move down to 145 pounds and fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo, while Anthony Pettis got the next lightweight title shot. However, Edgar made it very clear through the media that he had no intentions of changing weight classes, and even Henderson said he didn't think Pettis deserved a shot at the title after his knockout of Joe Lauzon at UFC 144.
"Frankie had a very tough situation," Henderson said. "He had a rough road with two rematches right away after his title defenses. So the fan in me feels that he deserves (the rematch). He had to put himself on the line, I don't want anybody coming back to me and saying, `Oh, Henderson didn't want to rematch Frankie because he was scared.'
"I'm more than willing to give Frankie a rematch. Let's do it. Set it up for tomorrow."
So after meeting with White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on Tuesday in New York City, Edgar got a chance to explain why he deserved a rematch and why he didn't want to change weight classes, and he apparently did a good enough job of convincing his bosses.
No timetable has been set for Henderson vs. Edgar II, but White said it would take place later this summer.