The next time former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar steps into the Octagon he’ll do so as a 145-pounder for the first time in his UFC career. However, that doesn’t means fans should dismiss the notion of Edgar eventually returning to the division he previously held gold in.
Edgar was recently asked about his decision to move down to featherweight, pointing to the role a few specific circumstances played in it and hinting at the possibility of him bouncing between 145/155 depending on where the biggest match-ups are.
“I think it was just the timing of everything. Obviously the fight (against Benson Henderson) didn’t go my way…the two fights…and maybe just a new landscape; it’s something different down there. Not saying that I’ll never go back to 155,” stated Edgar in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I think big fights definitely interest me whatever weight class they’re at, so maybe in the future who knows where else I could go, but it’s just something I want to try for now.”
As far as his future, the 30-year old Edgar referred to another widely-respected competitor on the UFC’s roster as providing a model he hopes to eventually emulate.
“It’s just another stage to my career. I’m just trying to make the best of it I guess. I’m not cemented anywhere. You’ve got a guy like Dan Henderson who would fight 185 sometimes, 205 sometimes; if I could be that guy, that would be interesting too,” explained Edgar while referring to Henderson’s success at both weights.
Henderson held the PRIDE equivalent of the middleweight and light heavyweight championships, as well as Strikeforce’s light heavyweight belt, and has been a title-contender in the UFC at both 185 and 205 pounds.
During the conversation “The Answer” also revealed he still had no idea who he would fight as his first featherweight opponent but acknowledged it will likely be one of the division’s top contenders.
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