Whatever division former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight titleholder Frankie Edgar resides in, it always seems like he's embroiled in some sort of controversial decision -- be it inside, or outside, the cage.
When the 33-year-old Edgar decided to move down to the Featherweight division, it was because of a pair of close decision losses to Benson Henderson in 2012. Then, after rattling off four-straight wins at his new home of 145 pounds between July 2013-May 2015, "The Answer" was left in the dust when an injury took 145-pound king Jose Aldo from his scheduled UFC 189 title defense with current interim titleholder Conor McGregor.
Three-time Featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes was slotted to replace "Junior," creating an interim championship headliner, of which the former was dispatched of by McGregor in round two (highlights here) back in June.
While he still holds out hope for a clash with either Aldo and McGregor -- he asked "The Notorious" after UFC 189 to jump the line -- after the events of their UFC 194 headliner in Dec. 2014, Edgar laments that the 145-pound division is still his home, despite stating prior to beating Urijah Faber at UFC Fight Night 66 in May that a move to bantamweight is "doable."
The two-division title challenger's thoughts on a potential Bantamweight move (via MMAjunkie):
"If a guy can make it and they can weigh in and show up and perform, then it’s not too much; if it becomes where they can’t make it, then it becomes too much. You never know how your body is going to react until after the weigh-in and fight. Some guys can bounce back pretty good. Some guys can’t. It almost just the person. It’s case-by-case. Each individual will want to stay where he is or go down because of certain reasons they think will benefit them. Some guys think if you’re the bigger, stronger guy, you’re going to win. Some guys would rather just be a bit healthier."
Edgar has fought two times per year -- aside from his inaugural year in the Octagon in 2007 -- on average. With only one tilt under his belt for 2015, he's not about to wait it out for the Aldo vs. McGregor winner.
"I’m looking to fight before the year is out," Edgar said. "I’m looking to do my thing and stay active."
Aside from his third victory over recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee B.J. Penn, each of Edgar's three "W's" over the last three years have been over Top 10-ranked competition. Beatdowns of Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson and Faber have landed him the No. 2 spot in UFC's official rankings.
But, the list of worthy opponents is thinning in the 145-pound class.
Former Aldo foe Ricardo Lamas is slated to face divisional newcomer Diego Sanchez in Nov. 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Latin America" 2 Finale, while "do Bronx" meets the streaking Max Holloway in the main event of UFC Fight Night 74 (full fight card here) this Sunday (Aug., 23, 2015).
Fighting the winner of Oliveira-Holloway by the end of 2015 is realistic, provided they come out unscathed. However, if Edgar wishes to fight sooner, he could foreseeably meet the man who UFC tapped to replace him in the interim 145-pound title main event at UFC 189 back in July, "Money."
Edgar is still as soft-spoken as ever, though, and will take on any and all comers.
"Whoever my manager and the UFC come up with, I’m down," said Edgar.