Though talk surrounding the possibility of UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar fighting at 145 pounds has decreased some with his hard-fought loss to Benson Henderson last night at UFC 150, a bout many felt he should have won, UFC President Dana White is still interested in seeing “The Answer” slim down and face opponents closer to him in size. That being said, one aspect of White’s assessment having changed in light of recent events is the notion Edgar would receive an immediate crack at featherweight champion Jose Aldo if he opted to make the move.
However, White’s decision is not necessarily motivated by Edgar’s back-to-back losses to “Bendo” but rather the featherweight division’s current status combined with his appreciation for Edgar’s competitive desire.
“No, I think Frankie would have to fight somebody at 145. We’ve got that thing backed up. We’ve got all these backed up titles right now. That one’s backed up. And if I know Frankie like I do, I’m sure he’s gonna want to go down there and fight right way,” explained White at the post-event press conference. “Again, I’m not telling Frankie to go to 145 or anything like that. I’ll talk to him later and see what he wants to do.”
White also added he liked Edgar on a personal level, acknowledged the former title-holder’s ability to hold his ground against all-comers, and was fine with the New Jersey native staying at 155 pounds if so inclined out of respect for Edgar’s accomplishments.
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