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Frankie Edgar Faces Reality, Will Drop to Featherweight for Next Fight

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Following his second heartbreaking decision loss to Ben Henderson, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar has made the decision to drop to featherweight. The news was broken by Ariel Helwani yesterday on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight. Since he reportedly walks around at less than 160 pounds, it’ll be a much more competitive division for Edgar, who has generally been out-sized in the Octagon, sometimes significantly. Of course, when Edgar began his UFC career in February 2007, featherweight wasn’t even an option.

Edgar is looking at December for his 145-pound debut, against an opponent to be named later. Though Frankie will likely have to win at least one fight before getting a crack at the title, featherweight champion Jose Aldo — who fights Erik Koch in October — is already laying the groundwork for a heated rivalry. As “Scarface” told Tatame:

“He said he wants to drop to the featherweight so I’m hoping he does that to end this story,” Aldo said. “He’s welcome here so that we shut him off and he goes to the lightweight or bantamweight classes.”

Not exactly a warm welcome to the division. Still, Edgar’s arrival into the featherweight division opens up some fantastic matchup possibilities. In the clip above, Kenny Florian mentions three great ones…

Chad Mendes: The former featherweight title contender recently rebounded from his January loss to Jose Aldo by body-shot KO’ing Cody McKenzie in just 31 seconds. Scrappy wrestler vs. scrappy wrestler?

Chan Sung Jung: The Korean Zombie’s last three fights have ended in highlight-reel stoppage victories, and Jung vs. Edgar sounds like a perfect #1 contender fight in the 145-pound division. Personally, I think Zombie’s already earned his title shot, but one more big win would clinch it.

Dustin Poirier: Unfortunately, “The Diamond” was the most recent victim of the Korean Zombie, but if the UFC wants to give Edgar a softer introduction into the featherweight class — rather than throw him in against one of their top two contenders — Poirier makes a lot of sense, and his aggressive fighting style would make for a great pairing with Edgar.

So who gets your vote? And do any of you not support Edgar’s decision to drop to 145?

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Todd M- August 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm
I think either Mendes or Jung would be great matchups, if he wins I would have no problem with him getting a title shot.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm
I think Frankie Edgar needs to train with Diego Sanchez to learn the power of positive thinking. YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
RwilsonR- August 22, 2012 at 9:56 am
I agree with Algiers first point, which is why I'd pull for Edgar to fight the Korean Zombie instead of Mendes.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 22, 2012 at 7:52 am
@Stak40 He def Ko'd Maynard.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 22, 2012 at 8:37 am
algiersheadkick504- August 22, 2012 at 7:18 am
i dont want frankie to fight anymore grapplers/wrestlers. make him fight fransico rivera. i want to see franlie face a real talented fast striker to prove he can not only hang at featherweight but can fight strikers since the champ of that weightclasd is a incredible striker
Get Off Me- August 22, 2012 at 7:07 am
Edgar vs. Mendes is the match to make. Frankie is going to lose some speed and power, but Mendes will be a perfect measuring stick for Frankie at 145.
blaphtome- August 22, 2012 at 6:57 am
Not enough, he should probably go to 135. Maybe wrong here, but it seems the point of cutting is to gain a size/strength advantage. He won't have that over Aldo and a number of other guys at that weight. Feels like all he's done here is lose the speed advantage he had.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 22, 2012 at 8:38 am
Pretty good point you have there.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 22, 2012 at 6:35 am
I feel bad for Frankie. What he should have done is waited for Aldo to move to 155 because that is coming very soon. No one will beat Aldo at 145 or 155. I love Bendo but Aldo would definitely win that fight in my opinion.
Stak40- August 22, 2012 at 6:28 am
All of Edgar's fights are so close. Lately, he hasn't beaten anyone in a dominant fashion. For the fans that's a good thing in my opinion because it makes for a good fight. But it also makes it hard for me to say that he should drop. I think he will be very successful at 145. I don't think he beats Aldo and probably even loses by some sort of stoppage. So the question is, do we want to see Edgar fight competitive fights and fall short of the belt or kick a whole lot of ass and not get a belt? I personally think he has a better chance of working his back up to a title shot and beating Bendo then I think he has of beating Aldo.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 22, 2012 at 6:39 am
I totally agree. He definitely has a better shot of winning the 155 belt again as opposed to beating Aldo. Take Aldo out of 145 and he has a good shot but no guarantee. Him and Mendes would be a good scrap and it would be interesting because of their styles. I think Frankie could win a decision with his more advanced boxing.
Clemmie- August 22, 2012 at 6:23 am
I think Frankie is in the same boat at 45. He can win against everybody except Aldo. Sucks for him. Probably should stay at lw and work his way back up. Of course what the fuck do I know.