By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Edgar lost a unanimous decision to Aldo in a five-round UFC interim featherweight title fight and now Edgar and his team are thinking about what comes next for his career.
While Edgar was a champion in the lightweight division, Edgar’s coach Mark Henry says that “The Answer” is a true bantamweight and simply wants his pupil to fight in the division that will get him a title fight the quickest.
“I think he’s one of the best fighters who ever walked on the face of the Earth,” Henry said of Edgar on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour” (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “I think that people still don’t realize — like Marlon (Moraes), he’s a 135er, he’s bigger than Frankie. Frankie is a true 135er. I hate to say this stuff, but (when) Conor fights Nate (Diaz), it’s probably more of his weight class, 155, and they make the biggest deal out of Conor and he came up mega-short. Frankie had a title at 155 and came really close this last time at winning his second title, and he’s really a 135er.
“So, for me, I just really want to go the shortest cut to the next title, whether it be 135 or 145, whatever brings him the closest. That nine hours (with the new weigh-ins) didn’t help either, that extra nine hours at 145. Aldo, man, he looked big out there. I’ve had other guys too like Eddie (Alvarez) and Edson (Barboza), in their fights I asked them how they felt with that extra nine hours recovering from the weight cut and they both said how they both felt a lot different and a lot stronger. So that’s kind of tough too, when you give a guy nine extra hours on the weight cut, that Frankie has to kind of deal with now too.”
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