Frankie Edgar Might Soon Be the Dan Henderson of Lightweight and Featherweight

August 28, 2012
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Frankie Edgar UFC 144Frankie Edgar will be making his new home at 145 pounds, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his time in the lightweight division is finished.

The former UFC champion opted to drop down to featherweight following a loss to Benson Henderson at UFC 150 in early August; a move that many have been pushing on Edgar for years.

Throughout his career, Edgar has been one of the smallest competitors fighting at 155 pounds, but that didn’t stop him from winning and holding onto the UFC lightweight title for almost two years. Still, following a discouraging second loss to Henderson earlier this month, Edgar says it was the right time to test the waters at 145 pounds.

“I think it was just the timing of everything. Obviously the fight 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 got back to 155,” Edgar told 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.”

Edgar looks at this move as just another chapter in his career, but by no means is it the end of the book. The drop to 145 pounds is right for now, but Edgar is all about challenges and some of those might lead him back to the lightweight division.

“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,” said Edgar.

“There are good guys at 55, good guys at 45; I know fans are definitely interested in some fights. So there’s plenty of match-ups possible.”

For the immediate future, Edgar is ready to test himself with the best featherweights in the UFC, and he’s hoping to get back in action by December.

“Whoever it is they’d like me to fight to get the No. 1 contender’s spot, then let it be that. I’m sure they’re going to throw me in there with a solid name,” Edgar commented.

The longterm goal for Edgar is to finally face reigning champion Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title, but he’s not skipping ahead just yet. He wants to establish himself in the division first, and then gun for another title to add to his resume.

“I always want to challenge myself and push myself to the limit,” said Edgar. “Being in the weight classes that I’m in there’s always going to be good guys and good champions.”

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  • To bad Frankie is so small. A real challenge would have been to put on some size and take a couple fights at 170. Sean Sherk didn’t move to LW until they offered him the title shot against Ken Flo. There’s like 2 fights for him at 145. Aldo already swept that division, he just needs to be Koch. I love Aldo but if he moves up in weight, I just question how he would do against Ben Henderson, cause that guy his big and athletic.

    • laleggenda27

      I’d say that there are plenty of interesting fights for Frankie at 145. In fact, there are still a number of interesting fights left for Aldo, if he chooses to stay in the division. Korean Zombie, Jimy Hettes, and Oliveira all look like credible threats for a title shot. You still have established names floating around, like Mendes, Siver, and Hioki. Cub Swanson, Lentz, and Ricardo Lamas look to be surging. And there are a number of young lions who could be monsters in a year or two, like Max Holloway, Poirier, Bermudez, and Koch. This division has come along quite nicely.

  • mrsister

    I wonder how many guys who watched both fights had the same conclusion I did: Frankie Edgar won both fights against Henderson.

    • shakejunt

      disagree on both counts, ben didn’t have a scratch on him after either fight

      • maddawgmar

        You are correct, Ben didn’t have a scratch on him after the fights. But that means jack. I scored the first fight for Ben slightly, but had Edgar winning the second fight clearly. Some people just don’t bruise or bleed easily. Dan Henderson is a good example.

  • felix

    Not really. The first one was Henderson without a doubth, maybe the second one was a little more controversial, but hey, if you are a contender, you better thake risks and try to finish the fight or win by a big margin.

  • omcclave

    Agree. Frankie got the shaft hard. You could see it on Danas face that he really was dumbfounded about the second decision loss but had to keep his trap shut because the controversy about another rematch would have annoyed him to no end.

    • shakejunt

      dana was just mad that the money he invested in promoting frankie ultimately didn’t make him champion again.

  • Spartacus

    both fights were super close and I can’t argue with the decision going to Henderson in the first one. Except that as one person said as the challenger you need to take it to the champ….yet they still gave the first one to Bendo even though it was razor close. The second one I think most…most people would agree went in Edgar’s favour 3 rounds to 2. If you didn’t see that then you need to re watch it.

  • diazfan209

    I could watch Henderson vs Edgar I & II over and over again, both were amazing fights

  • acspida#244

    Would love see either Frankie or Aldo move between the two wieght classes, preferably at the same time. It would create a lot of senerios as far as potential match ups between the top 3 guys in each division.

  • wiiliamstanley

    I didn’t see the second fight, but i read the comments on it and also talked to my friends who ordered it and they said the same thing… that Frankie won 3 to 2. I also saw the clip of the second fight when they granted the decision to Henderson, Frankie looked like crying. Anyways, i think its pretty f$cked up how he is being manipulated to moving down classes when he is just fine at lightweight. You all know he dosnt want this. He may be a small lightweight but who cares. This little lightweight is holding it down better than everyone. I would love to say Benson is the true champ and won the rematch like he did the first fight.

  • atmosphere

    he should be given the ironic nickname of Frankie “The Finisher”, like how a big guy is named “Tiny”

  • julianmoran

    I find the comparaison insulting.

    Dan Henderson goes in the cage to fight.
    Edgar does in the cage to win points.

    Dan Henderson is known for his power.
    Edgar is known for his touching vs striking style.