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Frankie Edgar focused on featherweight title, not lightweight return

Frankie Edgar focused on featherweight title, not lightweight return

UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar’s much anticipated debut at 145 pounds didn’t go exactly according to plan, falling by way of decision to champion Jose Aldo, but that hasn’t deterred “The Answer” from continuing his quest to match his success as a 155er by laying claim to divisional gold. Edgar is scheduled to face Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 and, win or lose, it looks like he’ll be sticking around for the foreseeable future.

“I’m comfortable here,” said Edgar in an interview with The Fight Network when asked if featherweight felt like home. “We’ll see, I’m not gonna rule out anything in the future whether at 55 or 45. But definitely my goal is to work my way back to the title at 45 right now.”

In terms of Oliveira, Edgar acknowledged the Brazilian didn’t offer the biggest upside in terms of name value but was an apt adversary nonetheless.

“I fight who they tell me to fight. (Oliveira) is who they offered and I said yes,” explained Edgar. “He may not be Top 10 but he’s still a dangerous opponent.”

Oliveira is 16-3 but lost by first-frame knockout in his last outing. Still, all of his wins but one have featured some form of finish including submissions of Jonathan Brookins, Darren Elkins, and Efrain Escudero. By comparison, Edgar holds an overall record of 14-5-1 with seven stoppages and success against the likes of Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, and B.J. Penn.