Frankie Edgar admits he’s focused on the task at hand, defeating Jose Aldo at UFC 200 on July 9th, but “The Answer” admits he’s very intrigued by the prospect of winning titles in not just two, but three weight classes…
Edgar and Aldo will scrap for the interim, 145 title at UFC 200, since initially, Conor McGregor elected to face Nate Diaz in another welterweight scrap at the event (yes, Mr. McGregor has since been pulled from the card). It will mark the second time Edgar has fought Aldo. After Edgar lost the lightweight title to Benson Henderson back in 2012, he faced Aldo in 2013, who at the time was the 145 king. Aldo won the bout via UD.
Well, if Edgar can avenge that defeat on July 9th, he’ll likely move on to face the new champ, McGregor. Or, if McGregor doesn’t return to featherweight, then Edgar will be a two division, undisputed champ. As a result, at the recent UFC 200 presser, Edgar was asked whether he’s thought about also making a title run at 135. The New Jersey fighter said the following (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Edgar said. “It seems whatever weight class I go to, people are telling me to go to a lower one. I want to make sure I get this 145-pound belt back first. Then we’ll see. It’s going to be tough to pass that up to be a possible three-division champion.”
Why not right? If Edgar’s confident he can make the weight, then who wouldn’t want to see him take a crack at becoming a champ in three different weight classes? It would be a fascinating run to watch, and if Edgar won a third belt, it would be an historic accomplishment.
Getting by Aldo, however, won’t be easy.