"The fight at UFC 150 didn't go my way," said Edgar in comments made to UFC.com. "I'm not saying I'll never fight 155 ever again but this is something different. Dana wants me to go down and right now it's the right time to do it."
"I told myself I wouldn't make a decision until after the fight. I wanted to give myself a week to figure it out. I don't know if I would have felt differently if I did win the title back. You always have to give yourself some time because right after a fight emotions are always running high, win or lose.
It wasn't just White who influenced the decision, though. UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo played a small part, motivating Edgar further with some comments made to Tatame.com this week.
Said Aldo, "I'm hoping he does [drop to featherweight] to end this story. He's welcome here so that we can shut him off and he goes to the lightweight or bantamweight classes."
"That definitely helped me make my decision," Edgar responded. "I'm a competitive person and when someone talks like that it makes me want to get in there and see what '45 is all about."
While the belief from many has been that Edgar would benefit from the drop down because he wouldn't be the smallest fighter in the division, Edgar still doesn't think he'll be necessarily bigger than anyone at 145 lbs., either.
"For real I don't think I will be the bigger guy," he said. "I think these guys at '45 cut more weight than I will. I may not be dwarfed in size like some of the guys I've fought at lightweight but these '45 pounders present different challenges. By no means do I think that by going down to a different weight class I'm going to be successful right away. I think I'm still going to have solid opponents to fight."