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WTF?! of the Day: Dana White Thinks Frankie Edgar Should Fight Jose Aldo Next

(To be fair, DW also thought the Conan remake was going to TOTALLY RULE.) 

In what might become known as the most difficult rebound match in the history of combat sports, UFC President Dana White has suggested that former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar drop down to 145 lbs, whereupon he would be given an immediate title shot against Jose Aldo. When questioned on the possibility of Edgar receiving a rematch against Ben Henderson following his…close, I guess, decision loss at UFC 144, White didn’t come right out and say yes or no, but rather suggested an alternate route for Edgar:

I think everybody is pretty clear on what I’d like to see him do, I’d like to see him go down to his natural weight of 145 pounds. There’s no doubt, again, when you talk about respecting a guy, I have so much respect for Frankie Edgar and what he’s been able to do at 155 pounds – because he had to, because there wasn’t a 145 pound division…

…if I’m gonna deny him the rematch for the 155 pound title, I’m gonna make him move to 145 and say, ‘Yeah, you’re gonna have to fight a couple fights first to get the title.’ Does that sound right? No.

When asked for comment, Urijah Faber exclaimed, “That makes perfect sense to me. Absolutely perfect sense.” OK, we made that last part up.

Although it is a well known fact that Edgar fights at his natural weight, a rarity which for reasons I do not understand is frowned upon in MMA, Edgar has stated before that he isn’t exactly interested in dropping to 145 lbs. And considering DW apparently scored Edgar’s title losing effort in the New Jersian’s favor, why would moving down to featherweight be Frankie’s best move? According to White, it’s out of respect for the former champ, and a desire for his career to last as long as it possibly can, which isn’t that long to begin with:

I really like and respect Frankie Edgar as a human being — take the whole fighting thing out of it. This guy belongs at 145 pounds. When you are a professional fighter, you have a small window of opportunity to compete and be a professional athlete. There are only so many wars you have in you. You can’t have this long, amazing career fighting wars all the time.

Personally, I felt the Edgar/Henderson decision was pretty clear cut, and was surprised to say the least when I heard that White had scored it in favor of Edgar. But the man makes a good point in that, despite Edgar’s incredible heart, chin, and work ethic, he will never size up to the Ben Henderson’s of the world. The fact that a man who fights at his natural weight shouldn’t be competing at said weight says more about the mentality of the sport than it does about Edgar himself. However, that’s simply the way the game is played nowadays, so you might as well get in line.

But then you come to the issue of an immediate title shot at 145 lbs. Does Edgar deserve it? Let’s say he does, but taking on an arguably, no, assuredly more dangerous opponent than the one he just lost to seems like kind of a suicide mission. It would be like if we decided to go from Vietnam up into China back in 1975. And invaded Japan on the side. Jose Aldo is that dangerous. And being that Frankie has never had to cut weight before, you would imagine he’d maybe want a tune up fight ala Kenny Florian to get used to the weight. I could be wrong here, so what do you guys think, rematch or possible deathmatch?

-J. Jones

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KingTcb- March 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Umm Clogged or actually just letting the 2 best fighters in the weight class fight?? Bendo is out for a shit load of time, let Edgar kick pettis's ass then winner get a title shot.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 2, 2012 at 11:24 am
Yes yes lets clog a division up some more that has been clogged with rematches for the past year and a half. How about no?
KingTcb- March 2, 2012 at 8:28 am
Its not what you look like at the end of a fight that determines the winner of a fight unless everyone wants to use Sonnen Logic and say he beat Silva bc he kicked his ass for 5 rounds and lost in 8 sec. Yes Ben did chip up edgar but if u watch the fight again it was one solid jab in the first (which edgar won) that fucked his eye up. Then a kick in the second (Another one edgar won) that busted his nose. Do u get point for going for a submission while being taken down again in the fight?? Guess that night u do.. Bendo won rounds 3 and 4 and I can say as a fan of both that the 5th was epically close but I was for sure giving the nod to Edgar. Give him the rematch and end it there.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- March 2, 2012 at 7:19 am
+1 what Austin3210 said.
knucklesamitch- March 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

How can you say that majority of the damage done to frankie was from that single upkick? I think you should go and watch the post-fight press conference. Frank showed up with a complete bruised eye that was swollen shut, a fucked up nose, and his forehead had multiple bruises. Bendo is a badass, but I doubt he did all that damage with a single kick. Also, it's not like that damage was caused in a quick 2-3 minute flurry of a single round. Bendo picked Edgar apart for 25min, and came out looking as if he hadn't even been in a fight.
Brunkfunk- March 2, 2012 at 5:33 am
I dont get how you can see he'll never size up to people like ben henderson,he won that fight! He should at least get a shot at proving himself against him again and if he loses go to 145
KingTcb- March 2, 2012 at 4:57 am
I dont honestly see how this division is clogged up with a rematch, Guida and Miller both pretty much got owned by bendo, I know they were both decisions but the fights was easily Bendos. Pettis lets be honest only beat Joe Lauzon and ive never seen Joe Lauzon set anyone up for a title fight b4. As for Nate is is showing improvement but is only on a 2 fight win streak and has also lost to Clay and even Gray. Let Miller and Diaz fight let the winner fight Pettis and let that winner fight bendo edgar rematch winner. Seems pretty simple to me
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- March 2, 2012 at 4:25 am
Frankie's in a tough spot where he is slightly smaller than the big 55 lbers, but his biggest advantage, in my opinion, was his speed, which I think he loses when he drops to 45. I'm not sure if dropping into a weight class where everybody is as fast as him is the right plan....Aldo is a much better and more complete striker than him as well as he is as fast as him, which makes his best/only chance to beat Aldo is to ground him and hope he can avoid submissions....would be a great fight though
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JudgeHolden- March 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm
My impression of Dana White's stance on Frankie Edgar is that while Edgar is a badass at 155, he has taken a lot of damage in his previous three fights, and has gone all five rounds in his previous five fights. I'm assuming that White is suggesting that Edgar's size disadvantage is a significant reason why he takes so much damage and tends to get into protracted wars with his larger opponents. Basically, White thinks Edgar would have a longer career at 145 fighting similar-sized opponents who will be less likely to bust Frankie's face up and give him brain damage. That's what I think Dana is saying, though I could be wrong.
Rampages Conscience- March 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Why is everyone leaving such long comments? It's tough enough for my short attention span to read these entire articles
Kimbos Bread- March 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm
Scratch that, Edgar is only an inch shorter than Aldo.

It would be a close fight.
Kimbos Bread- March 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Edgar would beat Aldo.

He's short enough to catch Aldo's leg kick and take him to the ground and submit him.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm
I respect the shit out of Edgar, I just think his style is angled more at not losing the fight then it is at winning the fight. Thats all.
Xanderschultz- March 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm
@Austin 3210 Dude, why do you think people get online to blog about fighting. Heres a hint: It rhymes with: To schmeculate how hypothetical fights would go? Telling the CP nation to shut the fuck up or get a grip isn't going to change that. You can't say you don't think Aldo/Edgar is intriguing,
HandsofGold- March 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Its Karma did you expect more out of him?
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Austin3210- March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm
I'm really tired of hearing how *insert figher here* should *move up/move down* a weight class because he's *cutting too much weight/not cutting enough weight* whenever the fighter loses a fight. I love how Dana says he doesn't control the fighters blah blah blah, but harps on what they should do until they do it. Seriously, can we get a grip here? Frankie Edgar has lost twice in his 17 fight career. Before losing to Bendo, he hadn't lost since 2008. So he loses once and everyone is clamoring for the man to move down a weight class? Nevermind the success he's had at 155, he lost a fight so he should immediately cut weight (which is an incredibly dumb practice) even though he's been perfectly comfortable at 155. I know as fight fans we project how a fight is going to go, how a career will pan out, but if the guy wants to fight at 155, let the guy fight at 155 and everyone shut the fuck up. He didn't lose because Henderson was bigger, he lost because Henderson was better (and I was rooting for Frankie). Every time they clinched Edgar pretty much shrugged off Henderson like it was no big deal, so where are people getting this idea that it was all size related?....
I don't comment much, and this was a bit of a mindless rant, but shit I'm tired of everyone thinking the answer to every fighter's problems is to severely dehydrate themselves.
Sloppyspray- March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm
Watching the fight, and scoring it under what I perceive to be the rules governing MMA fights, I actually scored it for Frankie. This is mainly b/c of two factors: 1) takedowns, which we have learned count for a lot even if there is no damage done from them (see Alves v. Story); and 2) Majority of the damage done to Edgar was from that up-kick, which is just one strike. However, with that being said, I would have been pissed if Edgar won b/c I did not think he actually won the fight (under what I think should be the rules and guidelines). In no way should he have come out as the victor in that fight.
TungFo- March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm
I agree with Karma that Aldo would win the fight against Edgar, but we all know The Baldfather is about the dollar bills at the end of the day, and his admiration for Edgar is nothing more than Don King chicanery only with improved social skills. He "needs" Edgar to drop to 145 because that's the move that makes the most sense in terms of a pay-per-view event. Who else is he gonna throw in there against Aldo, Hominick? At the end of the day the UFC is about business not rankings, not earning a shot, not, and this is a classic case of business as usual for Dana White.
Sloppyspray- March 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm
No disrespect Karma, but you end your comment complimenting Frankie saying he has "massive skills" yet you started your comment by basically saying he doesn't, e.g.,
1)that he is a "point fighter with only power in his hands" (which doesn't make too much sense considering point fighters are known for not having power otherwise they would put people down with their pawing strikes. Everyone else insults Frankie for not having power, considering his k.o. of maynard was his first since '07) so you're basically saying, I'm guessing, that his strikes are not functional/damaging but really only for scoring points, and I assume you also mean that he takes people down to not inflict damage;
2) That he will get subbed off his back, which I guess refers to the fact that he can take people down, but not do anything with it.
So basically, I gather that you're saying Frankie has massive skills at pawing people and taking them down, but not actually doing anything, and that he would be destroyed on the feet or on the ground by someone who is good. This sounds more like mediocre skills to me. Just my thoughts.
Sloppyspray- March 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm
wtf! That Conan remake already came out?!?! god damn it, how did I miss that one?? I was pumped as fuck for it from the trailer (as pumped as fuck for it as I could be without arnold being in it at least).
KarmaAteMyCat- March 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Aldo will expose Edgar as a point fighter with only power in his hands, or he will sub him off his back.. Who knows though. I like Frankie I think as a fighter you should choose when to go up and down in weights, Just like I don't believe in an Anderson GSP superfight, Anderson/ Jones superfight. Champions vs Champions fights are retarded in MMA. So if Frankie wants to do the Chuck Liddell and ware away what remains of his chin and do his thing who am I to disagree? The dude has massive heart, massive skills, he's a great person so I say let him do whatever the fuck makes him happy. Life is far to short to dwell on the what if's