More than a few folks have taken issue with UFC handing out interim titles lately, and Frankie Edgar evidently isn’t on board with the promotion’s decision either.
Historically, interim titles weren’t created until a champion hadn’t defended the belt in over a year. In some cases, like when Dominick Cruz was the UFC’s first 135 champ, interim titles weren’t created until well past that.
But, more recently we’ve seen the UFC hand out another interim 145 title, when Jose Aldo already was the interim champ…How’s that? After the UFC announced Conor McGregor had “relinquised” the 145 title, the promotion handed Aldo the championship, and booked Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis for the interim belt…Now, despite the fact McGregor just won the lightweight belt in November, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are fighting for an interim title on March 4th.
Well, during the latest “MMA Hour”, the former lightweight champ Mr. Edgar, had this to say about the situation (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I just think they’re getting silly with these interim titles,” Edgar said. “It’s a little too much. They’re already taking Conor’s 55 one away. I just don’t get it.”
Edgar’s not alone. Many have speculated that the UFC is doing this, as they believe adding a title in the mix will draw more fans and PPV buys. Is that true though? When they’re interim belts?
Speaking of titles, Edgar was also asked again if he’s considering a move to 135. The decorated fighter said the only way he would, is if the UFC offered him a title shot right out of the gate. One would think that unless the UFC’s in a short notice bind, due to an injury etc, that probably won’t happen. But you never know.