UFC 136: Frankie Edgar Staying at Lightweight; White Proclaims Him Pound-For-Pound No. 2

October 9, 2011
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At UFC 136, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar successfully defended his belt against the much larger Gray Maynard in their all-important third fight.

The much smaller Edgar was able to withstand another disaster in the third meeting and came back in the fourth round to score a TKO victory over Maynard.

Edgar is happy to be fighting at 155 pounds in the UFC, despite being undersized, and feels that with the growth of the sport and existence of the UFC lightweight division, he’s here to stay and has no intention of moving down to featherweight at this point in time.

“When I first got into the sport, the UFC didn’t have a 155-pound division,” Edgar said at the post-fight presser.

“I would fight at local shows and I would just fight at (1)55. I got here at (1)55 and now I’m the champion. It’s definitely a nice option to go down to 145 in the future, but I’m comfortable right now. I’m the champion, I don’t see any reason to go anywhere.”

With impressive victories over the likes of elite fighters such as Gray Maynard and B.J. Penn, there is certainly no reason to move down in weight anytime soon and Dana White believes, with the knockout victory over Maynard, Edgar has put himself at no. 2 pound-for-pound right behind Anderson Silva.

“He’s the no. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, period,” Dana White said at the post-fight press conference.

“The only thing that keeps him from being no. 1 is that Anderson Silva has not been beaten since 2006 and since he’s been in the UFC, most of the time he’s been champion. If you really look at what pound-for-pound means, there’s no way you can deny that Frankie Edgar is no. 2. The guy weighs 145 pounds and he’s beating guys at 155 pounds.

“Tonight he beat a guy who had him out of it, and he was done in the first round. He beat a guy… many people thought had his number and he knocked him out tonight. I’m telling you, man, I’ve never seen any [expletive] like that in my life. What he did tonight was amazing and he’s the no. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”

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  • Edgar is a warrior. I am a fan of this dude after last night.

  • White is using P4P to mean literally being able to fight at different weights, and from that definition I see what he is saying. I, and I think most people, define P4P simply as the best overall fighter regardless of what weight class, and by that standard there is no doubt GSP is above Frankie Edgar.

    • wonggfan

      Not really. White has switched from one definition to another in the past.

      At one point he said that the p4p ranking doesn’t even make sense. Then he says Anderson Silva is p4p the best because Fedor, who is a HW, fights in a weaker division. Then now he uses this new definition.

  • I agree. No way Edgar s above GSP or Aldo!! He might be tied with Cruz, but that’s about it. Edgar needs to fight at least five to six more fights, with top-ranked fighters, successfully, in order to be considered for the p4p ranking. He still has to beat Ben Henderson, Jim Miller, Clay Guida, Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Sinya Aoki, Kawajiri, Nate Diaz, and even Ives Edwards.