If fans are hoping to see Frankie Edgar look to become a two-weight class champion, they may be waiting for a while.
The UFC’s top lightweight is preparing for his showdown against Gray Maynard at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day, but dream fights are a part of MMA, and just about everyone has asked about Edgar facing UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo somewhere down the road.
If Aldo plans on facing Edgar, however, he’s going to have to go up to 155 pounds and through a long list of contenders if he wants a shot at the UFC belt, at least, as long as Edgar wears it.
While definitely a smaller lightweight, Edgar has shown he is the best 155-pound fighter in the world, and hopes to prove it again when he faces Gray Maynard on Jan. 1 at UFC 125. Beyond that, Edgar isn’t thinking about any other fights down the road because the only thing in front of him right now is Maynard.
“I try to ignore it just because it makes you nervous more than anything to be honest,” Edgar told MMAWeekly Radio about a potential fight against Aldo. “That’s why I’m glad you only have to prepare for one fight at a time. If this was like tournament style my mind would be racing too much.”
Aldo has yet to make his UFC debut due to an injury suffered in training that kept him off the UFC 125 card.
Edgar believes that all the talk about him possibly holding two title belts really needs to die down because he has a lot of work to do in the weight class he’s currently competing in before he’d entertain the idea of dropping down to 145 pounds to challenge Aldo.
“This division is deep and especially with the WEC getting acquired by the UFC, it’s that much more deeper. The challenge will last me a long time at this weight class,” Edgar said.
If he can navigate past Maynard on Saturday night, there’s still a long list of contenders waiting for a shot at Edgar’s belt, including final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, along with George Sotiropoulos and Jim Miller, just to name a few.
Edgar’s focus will remain on Maynard and the other 155 pounders for now.