Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will now move to the featherweight the ‘UFC Tonight’ show has revealed.
UFC president Dana White had been calling for Edgar to go down in weight for some time, believing him to be undersized for the lightweight division, and while he initially resisted the fighter has finally relented after back-to-back defeats to Ben Henderson.
There’s no word yet on who Edgar will fight for his featherweight debut, but it is believed he wishes to compete before the end of the year.
After his last fight White indicated that Edgar wouldn’t get an immediate title shot at 145lbs, but given that Kenny Florian recently made the same move and was given that opportunity after a No.1 contender fight, you’d have to think the same would apply for ‘The Answer’.
In an interview with the TATAME site prior to last night’s news, current featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo indicated that he’d welcome a fight with Edgar who he’s often been linked with over the last couple of years.
“He said he wants to drop to the featherweight so I’m hoping he does that to end this story,” Aldo said. “He’s welcome here so that we shut him off and he goes to the lightweight or bantamweight classes.”