Former UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, has finally decided to drop down to the featherweight division.
“UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani made the revelation during the Aug. 21 episode of the show, stating “The Answer” plans to make his featherweight debut in December. According to Helwani, current featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s recent comments towards Edgar made the decision a little easier.
“He [Frankie Edgar] said he wants to drop to the featherweight, so I’m hoping he does that to end this story,” Aldo answered when asked about the possibility of Edgar joining the featherweight ranks. “He’s welcome here so that we shut him off and he goes to the lightweight or bantamweight classes”
Obviously, Edgar would like to get a title shot against Aldo, but he’ll probably have to get past one of the top contenders in the featherweight division first.
Given his frame, Edgar shouldn’t have any problems dropping down to the 145-pound division. The New Jersey native accomplished a lot fighting bigger opponents in the lightweight division, and I expect him to be even more successful as a featherweight.
In terms of potential opponents for Edgar’s 145-pound debut, I personally would love to see him square up against Jung Chan-Sung, but that probably won’t be the case. “The Korean Zombie” earned a shot at the featherweight title with his impressive victory against Dustin Poirier at “UFC on Fuel TV 3,” and I don’t think he’ll be willing to risk his opportunity by taking on a tough opponent like Edgar.
Former number one contender, Chad Mendes, would also be a decent opponent for Edgar in his featherweight debut. Mendes bounced right back from his loss against Aldo, stopping Cody McKenzie in 31 seconds at UFC 148. “Money” is clearly one of the best fighters at 145-pounds, and he matches up well against Edgar.
Regardless of whom Frankie Edgar faces in his featherweight debut, I’m pretty sure he’ll emerge victorious. I expect to see him square up against Aldo within the next year, and he’ll definitely be “Scarface’s” toughest opponent in quite some time.
Given the fact Edgar has lost two consecutive fights to current lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, moving down to the featherweight division seems to be his best option.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.