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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hosts UFC 150 this Saturday (August 11th) and the main event is a battle for the UFC lightweight championship. UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson battles former champ Frankie Edgar in a rematch from UFC 144.
The former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight champion defeated all expectations since a loss to Roofus-sport striker Anthony Pettis and has ran rough shot through the UFC lightweight division beating the likes of Clay Guida and Jim Miller en route.
The talk of the town AKA 'Dana White' is that the desire for Frankie Edgar to drop to featherweight is strong. The desire for big name competition for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is getting desperate as challengers like Erik Koch don't seem to be drawing much interest.
Will Frankie Edgar drop with a loss?Frankie Edgar has never fought at featherweight but realistically he isn't a big lightweight. If I had to guess, he may drop 10-15 pounds most because he is Italian and they love themselves some pasta. He was outsized noticeably by Gray Maynard and Benson Henderson but fared well -- that's the argument to stay.
Edgar has beat BJ Penn (twice), Sean Sherk, Tyson Griffin, Gray Maynard and Jim Miller so why would he drop when he is beating some of the most elite?. Sometimes i think fighters drop weight to extend what is coming to end (See: Florian, Kenny) and some make good drops (See Diaz, Nate).
Edgar has some of the most elite footwork, crisp boxing and excellent footwork. He has the intangibles of a chin, toughness and a strong cardio chamber.
The problem is, if Edgar loses this Saturday (August 11th) is there a want for him to get an immediate shot at Jose Aldo?. 'Korean Zombie' Jung Chan Sung, Dustin Poirier, Erik Koch and Chad Mendes are all above Edgar in my opinion regardless of a weight drop. I'd love to see Edgar vs. Mendes, Chan Sung and Cub Swanson and who knows how Edgar feels being a bigger opponent.
Edgar, is only thirty years old with 17 fights under his belt which means a lot of tread left on the tires. He has only been in a few 'wars' as well which helps. Edgar should feel no shame if he is to drop weight for losing but would be given a chance at building his legacy if he is able to rise up two weight classes. If he is able to dethrone both BJ Penn and Jose Aldo, both whom have dominated their weight classes and been pound for pound quality fighters at one point or another would be pretty amazing.
So Maniacs', if Edgar loses, what does Edgar do and what do you want to see?