Dana White: No automatic featherweight title shot for Edgar

by Tom Ngo | source: 5thround.com

When Frankie Edgar was the lightweight champion, UFC president Dana White said Edgar would get an immediate featherweight title shot vs. Jose Aldo, if he dropped a division.

However, after failing to win a rematch with now Lightweight champion Ben Henderson, White feels Edgar will have to get a win at featherweight before getting a title shot.

All that said, Edgar may choose to stay at featherweight, although uniquely among all the champions (except heavyweight), he does not have to cut weight significantly to reach the 155 pound Lightweight title limit.

“I think Frankie would have to fight somebody at [145 prior to competing for the title there],” White stated at the post-fight press conference. “We’ve got that thing backed up, we’ve got all these [divisions] backed up for titles right now. That one’s backed up. And if I know Frankie like I do, I’m sure he’s gonna want to go down there and fight [for the belt] right way.

“Again, I’m not telling Frankie to go to [145] or anything like that. I’ll talk to him later and see what he wants to do.”

“I like guys being in their own weight class, but it’s up to them. I don’t think there’s ever been a real public situation with anybody like there has been with me and Frankie. And it’s not because I don’t think Frankie can’t be [a lightweight] and isn’t talented enough. I just think he’d be a beast at [145], and I like the kid.”

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TheRaider site profile image  

8/12/12 3:24 PM by TheRaider

No reason to move to FW.

HenryO site profile image  

8/12/12 3:07 PM by HenryO

Dont be crazy. Edgar would school Mendes and Jung

UGCTT_buchu8oolong site profile image  

8/12/12 3:01 PM by UGCTT_buchu8oolong

I would like to see him have a tune up fight at the new weight.

TOAO site profile image  

8/12/12 2:46 PM by TOAO

Frankie would lose to mendes, kz, aldo, and other fighters like porier at 145.

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8/12/12 2:06 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

Rematch is only right Fighters (etc) Weigh In On DecisionBiggest BS Dec. Ever! Edgar won.- Seth PetruzelliI don't drink like 99% of everyone here in this arena... But... Did Frankie just get robbed???- Jorge GurgelSuper close but I think Frankie takes it... 3-2.- Joe LauzonAnybody else think Frankie got Robbed?” I do. Feel terrible for him man- Chris WeidmanThey should be ashamed that's pure ignorance from two incompetents seating in a chair who never sweat a day in a ring- Renzo GracieClose, yes, but Frankie, at least to me, clearly got the better of those exchanges- Matt BrownWithout taking anything away from Ben but I feel like throwing up with this decision. IMO- Rolles Gracie@ufc wow really!! @FrankieEdgar that was urs! Unbelievable!!!- Michael JohnsonI had @FrankieEdgar winning the fight bro”I think everyone did- Tom DeblassMan, thought FE won. But, real happy for Ben.- Aaron Simpson@FrankieEdgar you won in my eyes- Diego SanchezI thought Frankie Edgar won the fight. It was close, but he won. You could argue that he won 3 or 4 rounds.- Javier VasquezStill shocked over Edgar decision but no y benson fall 2 his knees after the fight he prayed for a miracle he got it with the judges- John MaguireNo words can describe how wrong that decision was. This BS needs consequences!!!- Akita CorassaniTough match but I thought @FrankieEdgar did enough to win the belt. Disappointed- Anthony PeroshHmm I woulda gave it to Edgar. I bet he is pissed.- Justin Edwards????- Nate DiazNaoooo- Edson BarbozaLol! That's just crazy!- Krystoff SoszynskiClearly everyone messaging me thinks frankie won. I thought frankie won also. I don't know how they scored that fight bt now its diax's shot- Andy OgleI'm throwing my name into the hat to be a judge for MMA. First I'll poke one eye out, then I'll play words with friends during the fights.- CM PunkWell that decision comes as a surprise to me! Guess Frankie is going to 145, should be an awesome fight against Aldo.-Ben AskrenThat is bullshit- Nick Catone

SQUIRREL Master site profile image  

8/12/12 1:34 PM by SQUIRREL Master

frankie vs lentz at fw for next title shot

Hansumboy site profile image  

8/12/12 1:26 PM by Hansumboy

Erm, Nate Diaz?

orcus site profile image  

8/12/12 12:21 PM by orcus

 He certainly didn't lose to Bendo because of size. And he's beaten everyone else at 155 practically.

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8/12/12 12:09 PM by Lloyd gave me my bluename 9/11 Clown Top Team

He arguably won this fight, I doubt he plans on going to FW unless he loses his next 2. Changing weight classes is what losers do to make an excuse why they aren't winning, with the exception of Tim Boetsch. Usually they continue to lose in their new weight class. Frankie can beat Henderson so why must he drop down? Doesn't make sense.

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

8/12/12 12:09 PM by RyannVonDoom

 Have him fight mendes. best fight to make at sub 170 weights.