Few fighters have dealt with the amount of criticism heaped on lightweight Frankie Edgar regarding their chosen division. Edgar, a former divisional champion, is widely considered an undersized 155er and has admitted in the past he doesn’t have to shed too many pounds to make his required mark. Those factors have led to everyone ranging from fans to media members to UFC President Dana White to call for Edgar to move down to featherweight.
However, while Edgar has stood firm in his desire to continue his career as a lightweight, “The Answer” is finally coming around to the idea of fighting at 145 pounds.
“We’ll see what the future holds, but I think it’s inevitable that I’ll eventually get down there. I just don’t know when,” said Edgar on The MMA Hour.
“I didn’t want to go down on those terms,” the 30-year old continued, explaining his adamance about staying where he is at the moment after losing his last fight (and the title) to Benson Henderson this past February.
While Edgar’s next fight may be a rematch with Henderson he definitely has his eye on featherweight champion Jose Aldo, an opponent he’s continually been linked with based on their mutual success.
“I’m all about fighting big fights, and fighting the best guys, and Jose Aldo’s one of them,” offered Edgar on the explosive Brazilian before slyly adding, “We’ll see where it’s at, whether it’s at 145 or 155.”
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MMATraining Take: It’s nice to see Edgar talk about featherweight as an eventuality rather than an annoying topic he’s constantly asked about. The amount of damage he tends to take at 155 is a little frightening and fighting at 145 pounds would certainly assist in expanding the relatively short window all Mixed Martial Artists have to be at their best.