Everyone assumed Frankie Edgar would one day drop down to featherweight, but no one was sure exactly how serious he took the idea of doing it. According to his manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz, he not only lent a ton of thought to the decision, but he had been mentally preparing for a future fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo for some time. When Erik Koch was forced off of UFC 153 and Edgar was offered the fight, it didn’t take long for his camp to accept.
“Frankie just called me and we talked to Mark Henry, we talked to coach Ricardo Almeida, Frankie’s family, and we agreed. Five minutes later we called Dana White and said we’d take the fight,” Abdel-Aziz told Sherdog Radio.
“He was probably going to fight 145 one time and fight Aldo. He said, ‘You know what? The UFC likes it, I like it.’ The fans want a super-fight. Many super-fights have been talked about, but nobody’s stepping up to the plate,” continued Abdel-Aziz. “Frankie said, ‘I’ll step to the plate and I’m going to give the fans what they want.’”
“Frankie fought B.J. Penn. Gray Maynard. He fought Ben Henderson, Sean Sherk. These are all big fights. These guys are all great champions or most of those guys were champions. We definitely think Jose Aldo’s a great champion also, but this is something Frankie’s been training for all his life,” Abdel-Aziz admitted. “Frankie had Jose Aldo on the radar for a while. Frankie had been training for Aldo for a while.”
Edgar will see action against Aldo on October 13, but Abdel-Aziz also confirmed that this fight doesn’t mark the end of his lightweight run.
“Frankie’s also keeping his eyes on the 155 division,” Abdel-Aziz said. “Frankie will go back one day. Hopefully he’ll get the title back and this title too. Hopefully he’ll have two titles.”
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