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One down, two more two go? Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will attempt to join Randy Couture and B.J. Penn as the only men to win titles in two separate weight classes inside the Octagon when he takes on featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156. However, "The Answer" can one up "The Natural" and "The Prodigy" and make history by winning titles in three different divisions, according to his head trainer.
But, others aren't quite giving "The Answer" the proper credit he deserves by fighting guys bigger than him on a regular basis, according to his head trainer Mark Henry, who revealed (via MMA Weekly) that a future cut even farther down to the bantamweight division for Edgar is not too far-fetched.
Edgar -- the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion -- announced his drop to the promotion's featherweight division a few months back, getting an instant crack at dethroning 145-pound division champion Jose Aldo, which is set to pop off at UFC 156 over SuperBowl Weekend (Feb. 2, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Should Edgar defeat "Scarface" in "Sin City," Henry says he would like to see Edgar drop to 135-pounds soon after to chase history by becoming the first fighter to capture UFC titles in three different divisions. An ambitious -- and rather ridiculous -- feat that Henry declares would solidify Edgar's place among the all-time greats.
"He is one of the best true pound-for-pound fighters that isn't afraid to go up in weight classes. He'll fight anybody anytime. Two weight classes up, one weight class up. For me, I'd love for him to take a shot, I mean, we definitely have to worry about Jose now, it's the only thing, that's our thing right now. But, I think he can be the first guy with three belts you know? I think if it's for history, I think if Frankie beats Jose, I think it's hard to deny that he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world if he won three. I think you can't deny him. I mean, Anderson (Silva) is so close to Jon Jones' weight, what are they, ten pounds difference? Frankie's fought guys that are way heavier than him. If Frankie was to go for two belts, three belts, I don't know how you can deny him. It's something special. You don't see something like that, I mean, nobody's ever done it and weight wise it could be done. So, of course, it's going to be in the conversation, something to throw around and talk about. Especially (for) greatness, you know? You can do something that nobody's done and make history, it's something you definitely talk about."
Of course, before another drop in weight ever happens, Edgar has his hands full against the best featherweight on the planet in Aldo, which is the only thing Team Edgar is concerned with at the moment.
However, should he prove the victor at UFC 156, don't be surprised to see the scrappy and talented New Jersey native attempt to make history by shedding another 10 pounds in search for a third world title.
Dominick Cruz vs. Frankie Edgar, anyone?