Frankie Edgar: I had to do two immediate rematches, so what’s right?

Former Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar, who was defeated by Ben Henderson via controversial decision in Japan, looks back on the match-up, and discusses his fighting future. Edgar insists that he did enough to win the the fight, and says that he feels an instant rematch is warranted.

Frankie Edgar

“I don’t want to take anything away from Ben, he did a great job, but I do feel I won that fight. He came hard, I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I did enough to win those rounds. … I’m not trying to shoot anybody out of anything they deserve, but I had to do two immediate rematches, so what’s right?”

Further Reading: Ben Henderson looks back at UFC 144 victory over Frankie Edgar


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    February 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I believe Frankie deserves a rematch, but he doesn’t need to act like a little bitch about losing. Look at Ben’s face and look at yours Frankie. Pretty obvious who won.

    Now go and get back to what got you the belt – Humility and mongoose like quickness.

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    February 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Give Frankie a rematch. Have Pettis fight the winner of Diaz vs Miller.

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    February 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Benson definitely won that fight, frankies face is the only proof you need as to who landed more significant strikes throughout the bout. Edgar is an amazing lightweight and undoubtedly one of the best in the world but he won’t be able to take the shots he takes for very long. the games always evolving and i think edgar could really be a stud at featherweight

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    February 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    id say henderson – pettis, and nate diaz vs frankie

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    Bruce Lee

    February 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Whether we like it or now like all games you have to follow the rules. In this game there is nothing in the rules about how bad someone’s face looks. It’s a points game. Frankie raises a valid question.

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    February 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    hey frankie, i don’t think your tie knot is big enough..

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    February 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    How’s he acting like a little bitch?
    “I don’t want to take anything away from Ben, he did a great job.”
    “I’m not trying to shoot anybody out of anything they deserve.”
    He’s obviously disappointed that he didn’t come away still the champ and thinks he deserves a rematch. I think that’s fair enough.

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    February 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Its kind of interesting how things go from fight to fight. When a fighter evades and lands strikes (not significant), and wins a decision people are in uproar. In this case, we have Ben who was aggressive, landed many more significant strikes/kicks, nearly finished the fight a couple of times, yet people seem to think it should have gone the other way. The only round I really could have given to Edgar was round 1.

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    February 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    “what’s right” is that Frankie was able to be considered a top p4p guy although he wasn’t taking anybody out. Winning a decision is like not losing, and that’s all he was really doing for a while. Edgar is hard working and talented but should obviously be in the 145lb class. Benson looked strong on diverse, good win. Henderson vs Pettis 2!

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I agree, hes not acting like a bitch. Actually “stinkfist” is female related.

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

    There will always be people who think it went the other way when it comes to decisions. Finish fights or STFU I always say.

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:14 am

    It’s not that valid a question though. “Damage” isn’t a criterion for scoring in and of itself, but it is a part of effective striking, which isn’t strictly a numbers game. If Frankie is landing a few light technical hits, but is getting matched tit for tat by shots that are destroying his face, damage matters.

    It’s just like there’s no category for knockdowns. But if one person lands 50 light leg kicks and jabs to the body, while the other lands 20 counterpunches to the face and knocks his opponent down 10 times, most judges will score that round for the second guy for his striking dominance.

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:16 am

    It’s the only round two of the judges gave him too.

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:19 am

    The only bitch I see is you stinkfist.

    Maybe if you ever competed in anything other then eating the most at a buffet you would understand that losing sucks

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Frankie landed hard shots, but they were on the chin and temple. Those punches dont always show damage.
    No doubt that Frankie landed hard but Bendo threw a lot of hard jabs that struck the eye and nose. Those punches will show damage.

    Edgar deserves an instant rematch, but I wouldnt mind seeing Pettis fight Bendo first. Bendo didnt take much damage from that fight, Pettis definitely didnt take much either. Make a quick defense and winner fights Edgar

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    February 27, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Damage is all well and good. But he landed more shots and take downs. He has a case and should get a rematch.

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    February 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I suppose the Maynard KO went right over your head.

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    February 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

    He needs to not expect an immediate rematch just because he lost and he was the champion because then things will become professional wrestling. What would be next Bendo gets a rematch if he loses? He had 2 immediate rematches because The first one was against BJ and he is considered one of the greatest lightweights of all time and Frankie didn’t decisively beat him. The second one was because he got a draw. I think He sounds like a baby asking for an immediate rematch. Him doing such a thing does take away from Bendo. You didn’t see Bendo asking for an immediate rematch against Pettis for the number 1 contender spot and that fight was way closer. Instead he got in line and busted his ass for a year to get back to the top.

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    February 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

    They owe Frankie the rematch period!

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    February 27, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Yes, his ONE finish did! He did not go out there and knock him out, he made a great comeback and could be considered a lucky win.

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    February 27, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Spot on!

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    February 27, 2012 at 2:52 am

    i must of been watching the wrong fight the only round i gave ben was the 4th, how the hell did ben win the 5th edgar won 4min 50 sec of that round and lost the last 10 sec people have such a short memory

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    February 27, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Feel really bad for Frankie because every time he beat someone in a title fight he had to do the rematch , now this time he is the one who lose and he seems he wont get that opportunity not because he doesnt deserve it

    But because i believe Pettis vs Hendo II is an Epic fight
    i mean over a year ago it was Ben Henderson the WEC Champ and Pettis took his belt and now Bendo is the UFC Champ and Pettis is coming again to challenge him and now with a victory over him on his record , this is a fight that cannot be miss , so it kinda leaves Frankie
    just outside of the Picture FW is always an option but Frankie seems commit to Lightweight and i don’t blame him he is the one the best in the world

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    February 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

    so how when Diego Sanchez fought martin kampmann his face looked like the french alps after the fight but yet won, frankie won that fight in my eyes 4-1 he caught nearly all bens leg kicks landed more punches more takedowns and the 5th round frankie won 4min and 45 sec of the round and ben looks good for the last 15sec and people give him the round,wtf theirs some serious amount of spec saver clients out their

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    GianGiacommo G

    February 27, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Rematch! stupid judges!!!!

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    February 27, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Benson won 2,4,5 – Frankie edged 1st round and 3rd barely.

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    February 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I gave Edgar 1 and 5. Thought if he had came on strong at the end of 4 he could of stole it but 2 and 3 were hands down Bendo

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    February 27, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Well he makes a good point, he did have 2 rematches and it was a close fight regardless of how he looked. As far as being in a straight up fight frankie definitely lost but on a points game it was very close.
    Having said that he looked really small in there and I dont see what he has against fighting at 145.

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    February 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

    not another instant rematch god please, love frank but sick of rematchrematchrematch, also don’t believe knocking out J-lo should make you a #1 contender..
    edgar vs pettis.

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    February 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

    ohhhh ive seeen guys with bad scar tissue get cut bleed like crazy
    and swell but dominate the fight alot of Frankie was one GREAT up kick
    other than that was very close fight if Frankie would of did something
    when he would catch the kicks or when blocked he checked them all
    nite but didnt capitalize or take advantage fight would of been different
    but didnt now kicking himself in the ass

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    February 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I agree there, a rematch down the line but for the love of god not an instant rematch, his past 4 fights have been against 2 people! n in his past 5, 4 have ended by decision. i dont wanna watch a fight were im surprised if theres a finish, especially twice.

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    February 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Takedowns and landing punches is nice, but the scoring is based on effectiveness. If he takes Henderson down and does nothing but almost getting submitted and catching a kick to the face, then those takedowns cannot be counted as effective grappling. Light punches and kicks are good if the opponent doesn’t land anything effective, but Henderson blasted Edgar pretty badly, so no doubt about who was more effective.
    Besides that, Henderson was the agressor and chased Edgar down effectively.

    Well deserved win IMO.

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    February 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    this is not amateur boxing, this is not college wrestling. you do get points at the end of the round depending on if you win the round or lose the round. out landing or out taking down someone does not determine if you win the round.

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    February 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    A good shot doesn’t always leave a mark. take SOnnen Silva. Silva got smashed repeatedly by Sonnen without a mark. Edgar dropped Henderson with a left hook that didnt leave a mark. Edgar looks like he marks up easily and most the damage sustained in their fight was from a single upkick.

    I thought Edgar had done enough to win the fight but it was a close fight whichever way you look at it so there’s no controversy over this loss IMO. But the question is very valid no matter how dismissive of it you might be.

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    February 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    He clearly won round 5. hendo landed a couple of shots to Edgar’s many right until the end of the round when Hendo landed a great knee. Not enough to win the round though. Edgar won 5 easily. I have no major grumbles with the outcome I thought it was close either way but I am sure some people do not have their eyes open to an awful lot of what actually happens in the octagon.

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    February 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I like this kid a lot man, he’s a stud but Hendo did win imo. Hendo was the bigger, stronger guy who hit a lot harder but we all knew that before the fight anyway and that didn’t seem to help Maynard much, or Bj. You could see Frankie was feeling the strikes much more than Hendo and that upkick nearly finished it, just what the hell it takes to put this kid away only god knows man! I think it came down to the fact that Hendo landed more significant strikes, did more damage overall and controlled the centre of the octagon for most of the fight. Also the way he would force Frankie to let go of his back mount attempt by going for a kimura every time, and the way he would always quickly get back to his feet after a takedown attempt, and he was also coming out of the scrambles in the better position. Great fight and no one can take anything away from Frankie man, the kid’s a born fighter!…….

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    February 28, 2012 at 2:29 am

    And being the only LW to dominate Penn.

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    February 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    He looks like he’s had the beating of his life.

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