On May 16th, Frankie Edgar is booked to battle bantamweight contender Urijah Faber at 145 pounds, but could the fight have been contested at 135? Could, or would, Edgar be interested in making the drop to bantamweight?
Well, recently the former lightweight champ was asked this by Bloody Elbow.com, and as the article noted, it’s not a question completely out of left field. Recently, Edgar relayed that he was approached by the UFC about the possibility of fighting bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But, this was before Conor McGregor locked up a title fight with featherweight champ Jose Aldo. Then, the UFC booked Dillashaw to rematch Renan Barao.
So, when asked about the possibility of moving to 135 at some juncture, Edgar noted:
“I weigh around ’58 to ’62. It’s probably doable,” Edgar said. “But I just don’t know how I’d react and how I’d perform the next day. It’s good to have at my back pocket if I ever do want to go down, or a fight comes up that makes things interesting, but right now, my focus is at featherweight.”
“I think Aldo holds that mystique as he has been on top for so long. If I can be the guy who takes it from him, that would be more rewarding,” Edgar added. “Right now, a featherweight title shot (would appeal more than one at bantamweight). It’s the weight class I’m in, and I was very close to getting that title a couple of years back, so I want another crack at it.”
While a lot of people would like to see Dillashaw-Edgar, you can understand why the latter is hoping to face Aldo again. The champion worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Edgar in February, 2013, but since then, “The Answer” has won three straight.
In fact, due to Edgar’s one sided, submission win over contender Cub Swanson in November, there was speculation that he could be tapped to fight Aldo once more. But, McGregor took out Dennis Siver in January, and now “Notorious” will challenge Aldo on July 11th.
Edgar-Faber, meanwhile, will headline UFC Fight Night 66 on May 16th, which will take place in Pasay, Philippines.