Frankie Edgar is right in the thick of things in the UFC’s featherweight division at this moment in time, but he’s already thinking ahead to the possibility of a bantamweight campaign as well before he eventually hangs up his gloves.
The 33 year-old is currently the No.2 contender at 145lbs after a four-fight winning streak and is heading into a potential title eliminator with Chad Mendes in the main event of the TUF 22 Finale on December 11th in Las Vegas.
According to UFC commentator Jon Anik, Edgar’s coach Mark Henry told him that the former lightweight champion, “Wants to win this belt at 145 and then maybe go to 135 before calling it a career.”
Edgar was always small for the lightweight class and isn’t exactly an imposing figure at featherweight either, so it doesn’t seem unreasonable that ‘The Answer’ could move down another division and it’d certainly a nice back-up plan to have up his sleeve if he does come-up short in his latest featherweight title push.
A fight between Edgar and current bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw would certainly be fascinating to watch play out, but it makes sense for Edgar to stick around at 145lbs for now since he’s so tantalizingly close to the belt and potentially even a very lucrative fight with Conor McGregor depending on how things play out.
Either way, even with almost 20 fights under his belt in the Octagon there’s still plenty of options for a talented fighter like Edgar in the lighter weight classes.