I want to be like ...Frankie?
After announcing his intentions to drop down to the featherweight division, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar, will face the division's champion, Jose Aldo, in his debut at 145 pounds.
The bout, which fans have clamored for over the years, came much sooner than many expected. Of course, it came to fruition at the expense of Erik Koch's injury, however, when opportunities like this arise, anyone would be hard-pressed to pass it up.
Now, Edgar's head trainer, Mark Henry, says his star pupil can even drop down as far as bantamweight if he chose to, given the fact that "The Answer" doesn't carry much extra weight between fights.
Appearing on "The MMA Hour" Henry talks about the title fight between Edgar and Aldo at UFC 153, which is set to go down on Oct. 13, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and describes Edgar's fighting abilities as "Jordan-esque."
Check out his comments after the jump:
"He walks around at what Cruz and Barao walk around at. Easton, Urijah they're all at the 158-160 range, and that's what Frankie walks around at. People don't realize that he's coming down in weight, but he'll be 10-12 pounds less than what Jose will be. People talk about Jose, but in my mind, Frankie does Michael Jordan-esque things. For Jose to do what Frankie does, he'd have to beat Georges St-Pierre, because he walks around at about 170, 172."
Headlining the promotion's return to Brazil, Edgar and Aldo will take part in a "super fight" years in the making. Edgar previously stated that dropping down in weight will actually give him a speed advantage and Henry, for one, agrees wholeheartedly:
"I think Jose even said he's going to lose his speed. If that's their plan, they better come up with Plan B. If that's what they are banking on, Frankie's being slower at 145, I mean they better stay up overnight to come up with Plan B, C, and D. I guarantee you, he's not going to lose any speed at all. In fact, he's gonna be faster, for five, seven years, we've been trying to put in his head, ‘You gotta get bigger.' We've been trying to get him to get bigger, jam foods down his throat, proteins and whatnot. He can just be comfortable at the weight that he is and he's gonna be quicker instead of us trying to bulk him up all the time."
First things first, before Edgar even thinks about attempting a drop further down in weight, he will be thrown right into the fire in his new weight class against the man who has ruled the division for the last three years.
Should he come up short in his bid to claim the title, (another) move to 135-pounds could come sooner rather than later if "Scarface" has something to say about it.