August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Often times, when a fighter is at a crossroads in his respective weight class, a change of scenery is in order for the sheer sake of trying something new or looking for a fresh start in uncharted territory.
Chael Sonnen recently announced his move back to Light Heavyweight after he came up short in his bid to dethrone 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva for the second time back at UFC 148, while Rashad Evans has contemplated a drop down to the middleweight division after he lost a unanimous decision to current 205-pound champion Jon Jones back at UFC 145.
Former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar has always been plagued with the ever-recurring sentiments from members of mixed martial arts (MMA ) community to drop down to the featherweight division and challenge Jose Aldo for his title.
Even thought he is often undersized against his opponents at 155 pounds, his difference in stature has never been a problem for "The Answer." In fact, he's actually done extremely well in the weight class he has competed at his entire career, amassing a 14-3-1 record (9-3-1 UFC). To top it all off, he reigned the lightweight class for the last two years as the UFC's champion and dethroned MMA legend B.J. Penn in the process, as well as became the first man to ever defeat (and knockout) Gray Maynard back at UFC 136 before losing his title to Ben Henderson at UFC 144 this past February.
After dropping back-to-back title fights to the current champion, Henderson, those familiar sentiments of shedding 10 pounds down to the 145-division start echoing yet again. Even UFC President Dana White stated at the UFC 150 post-fight press conference that he would love to see Edgar at featherweight because he can be a "beast" down there.
Now, a few days removed from his loss to "Smooth," Edgar seems more receptive to the idea of a weight class change.
Check out his comments via "It's Time" with Bruce Buffer after the jump:
"I'm going to give myself a week to kind of just let all the emotions go away, just relax and enjoy my family and then sit down probably Sunday with my team and everyone else and just start bouncing some ideas around. Forty-five is a possibility. Fifty-five, I've been so successful and I would love to get a shot at the 155-pound belt again. Who knows? The 145-pound belt is definitely a prestigious belt to go after, especially with Jose Aldo at the helm of it all, but I've just got to really sit down and just discuss it with my team and my family and just make the right decision for myself. I don't think I'd have to tweak much. I probably would clean my diet maybe some. I like to eat fairly clean and I'm not a huge eater, so I wouldn't have to change too, too much, but I'll be honest: I think a lot of 145-pounders are probably bigger than me down at that weight class anyway. They probably walk around heavier than I do. I don't think making the weight would be too much of a problem."
As far as the decision that didn't go his way (again) this past Saturday (Aug. 11, 2012), "The Answer" says he feels he won, but isn't dwelling on the decision:
"I did think I won. I thought I did enough. Sometimes enough is not enough. You've just got to do a little more, and apparently I guess that's what the judges were seeing. I'm not really dwelling on it. There's nothing I can do about it. I could be upset and complain about it and this and that, but I've got to move on and get back in the win column."
After competing in back-to-back-to-back rematches, Edgar says it is bittersweet to not have a victory over Henderson on his record:
"It's true. It's bittersweet, though, because I would really like to have a win over [Henderson]. I've been hearing a lot of people telling me, ‘You won the fight. You didn't win the fight,' whatever. But down the line, no one's going to remember it was controversial. No one's going to remember anything. They're just going to see a loss and have Ben Henderson's name there. That's a little bittersweet. You would love another chance at it, but down the line, you never know what could happen."
Should the change happen, a showdown between current 145-pound champion Jose Aldo and Edgar does seem quite appealing to the masses; however, it is likely that Edgar would likely have to fight one time before earning a shot at the title, regardless of who is holding it at the time.
In the meantime, Edgar is apparently moving on from the aftermath in Denver, Colo., and is done with immediate rematches ... at least for now.
What do you say: Should Edgar make the drop down and attempt to make some noise in featherweight division? Or would you like to see him fight some new blood at 155-pounds and let him attempt to make another run at the title?