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Edgar 'relief' after Henderson rematch is set for summer

ESPN staff
March 7, 2012
Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar will fight this summer © Getty Images

Frankie Edgar has expressed his relief after UFC president Dana White confirmed a rematch between he and reigning lightweight champion Ben Henderson will take place this summer.

Edgar recently lost his 155lb belt to Henderson in an extremely closely-contested decision. The outgoing champion strongly disagreed with the judges' call and, having previously rematched both BJ Penn and Gray Maynard, asked for his own second chance.

That has now been granted, with Edgar tweeting: "Rematch anyone??... It's on!! Thanks to @danawhite @lorenzofertitta. Me and Henderson 2. Here we go!!"

White then confirmed the timing of the bout, writing on his own Twitter: "Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson rematch will be this summer."

Edgar reacted on MMA Weekly Radio: "It was a relief, it really was. A weight lifted off my chest, it's been weighing on me. I definitely made it known that I wanted the rematch, I'm not going to sit there and say I don't want to argue for a title, I want to fight for a title. I'm just happy I get to fight for it now.

"Dana was still concerned and I respect him for that. He thinks 145lbs might be better for the longevity of my career and my health and what not, and I disagree. Being the competitive person I am, feeling that maybe that fight should have went my way, I want another chance at it.

"That's when he said 'alright man, you're going to get it.

"I want to say thank-you to Ben too for taking the rematch, he didn't have to accept it and he has, so much respect to him as well."

White also stated on Tuesday that the winner of Nate Diaz v Jim Miller, who fight on May 5, will book a title shot against the winner of Henderson v Edgar.

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