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Dana White: “I would really love for Frankie Edgar to move down to 145 pounds.”

Like countless fans around the world, UFC President Dana White had his share of opinions on what was witnessed UFC 144 including thoughts on the main event between Benson Henderson-Frankie Edgar as well as the future of both men. White offered up his take on those matters, in addition to what he saw from Quinton Jackson, in a post-show interview on Fuel TV where he remained noncommittal regarding Henderson’s first title-defense.

“I’m not a judge but I had the fight even going into the last round and I gave the last round to Frankie,” explained White while later adding UFC matchmaker Joe Silva had Henderson winning “by a landslide”.

Given the debate surrounding the outcome, as well as Edgar having previously been forced into a pair of immediate rematches based on similar circumstances, White appeared to be weighing the idea of giving “The Answer” another shot of his own.

“I don’t know. It’s not one of those things I’m gonna make a decision about right now,” said the unsure White.

“There (are) so many fights out there in the 155-pound division,” he continued before reiterating a long-standing opinion. “I would really love for Frankie Edgar to move down to 145 pounds.”

Also in the discussion is Anthony Pettis, freshly off a Knockout of the Night finish of Joe Lauzon. White addressed the subject when asked if he felt “Showtime” was in position to contender for Henderson’s belt.

“How would Pettis not be ready for a title-shot? He’s absolutely ready. But there are a few guys in that division,” White responded before mentioning the winner of an upcoming bout between Nate Diaz-Jim Miller could come into play as well.

As equally hazy as Henderson’s next move is that of “Rampage” Jackson’s outlook after a sloppy decision loss to Ryan Bader. While White was confident Jackson would be back, he questioned whether or not the fan-favorite’s heart was in MMA anymore, stating he hoped to see, “the old ‘Rampage’…the motivated, the hungry guy who comes in and goes toe-to-toe, isn’t as one dimensional with his punching” version.

Check out the complete interview below:

PHOTO CREDIT – TRIUMPH/UFC

6 COMMENTS
  • elsicilian says:

    Frankie had to give BJ a rematch because he’s a legend, and nobody could believe Edgar beat him the first time around (just like GSP or Anderson Silva would/should be given an immediate rematch if they ever lose … that’s the benefit you get for dominating a weight class). Gray Maynard got an immediate rematch because they fought to a *draw* and that should pretty much explain itself. But EVERY title fight doesn’t automatically demand a rematch, and as far as I am concerned there is no need for one here. At the risk of overstating the obvious, this fight was not a draw, and Frankie Edgar is no BJ Penn.

    Like Dana, I would love to see Edgar at 145 … it would simultaneously clear up a logjam at 155 and add depth to the less-stacked featherweight division desperately in need of a little star power. Furthermore, it sets up an intriguing potential superfight with Jose Aldo, and (if Edgar should win and dominate that division for a while) a *second* potential superfight down the road at 155 with whomever holds the lightweight title at that time.

    Obviously Edgar has earned the right to compete at lightweight, but it seems like a no-brainer to me and hopefully he can be convinced to make the right decision.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I don’t think he should move down until he gets another shot at the lw strap.. If he unsuccessful then move down… He needs to go with whatever has more up side

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  • elsicilian says:

    Rece you seriously don’t think there’s more upside in becoming UFC champion in two different weight classes? I was being kind of crass by dismissing Edgar as “no BJ Penn,” but he’d get a lot closer to him by knocking off Aldo (Penn and Couture are the only multi-class champions in UFC history, and that’s a big part of their legend).

    Again, it’s up to Frankie to fight where he wants to fight … I certainly think he’s earned that right, and I am sure that Dana agrees. However I think the upside at featherweight is totally obvious (for both UFC and Edgar himself) and the opportunity to dominate *two* weight classes should be extremely compelling once Frankie gets over the injuries to his face and his pride.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    There is never an upside to fighting Jose Aldo… but I do see what your saying… it’s just a tall order.

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  • MCM says:

    elsicilian-
    Edgar didn’t have star power when he was holding the LW belt, what makes you think he’d bring any to the FW division? I see what you’re saying about being a two divisional champ, but outside of Aldo who else is there at 145 for him to face? He ran through some of the best LW’s in the sport, what appeal is there at 145 aside from the champ? At least for now, I’d say his best bet is to stay at LW and try to get that belt back.

    As for Rampage, the last time he actually looked good in a fight was when he took Hendo to a dec. back in 2007. All this talk of motivation is a joke. He was supposed to be motivated to fight Rashad and instead, he quite MMA. He was motivated to fight Jones and physically looked great, but his performance was sub par and he got put to sleep for the first time in his UFC career. I think Quinton loves the character of Rampage Jackson and loves playing that role outside the cage, but I don’t think he actually likes the fighting aspect anymore and hasn’t for years.

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  • elsicilian says:

    @MCM – He’s headlined five PPV championship fights. Again, he’s no BJ Penn (and he’s certainly no GSP or Brock Lesnar in terms of star power), but he’s easily a bigger star than ANYBODY currently in the featherweight division (Aldo included).

    The appeal would be for him to dominate his natural weight class after winning (and defending) the title at at a higher weight class. It made a legend out of BJ Penn and would do the same for Edgar. Exciting matchups could include fights with Aldo, Kenny Florian, Mark Hominick, and Mike Brown, and future fights with rising stars coming over the horizon like Ross Pearson, Jonathan Brookins, Denis Berumudez and Diego Brandao.

    There’s lots of action at featherweight. And once he cleaned it out, he could head BACK to LW for ANOTHER superfight!

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