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Frankie Edgar moving to bantamweight?

Frankie Edgar moving to bantamweight?

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar fell short of capturing another belt in his last fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 200.

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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Frankie Edgar will get the next title shot against new champ McGregor!

Frankie Edgar will get the next title shot against new champ McGregor!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Following his first-round knockout victory over Chad Mendes this past weekend, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will finally get his long-awaited UFC featherweight title shot.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news yesterday stating the following:

“Nobody can deny Frankie anymore. He looked amazing and he will get whatever he wants now.”

Conor McGregor shocked the world Saturday night at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, when he defeated longtime featherweight champion via knockout in just 13 seconds.

Who do you think prove victorious when Edgar and McGregor square off?

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Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes headlines December’s TUF 22 Finale event!

Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes headlines December’s TUF 22 Finale event!

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

A featherweight number one contender’s bout will headline December’s TUF 22 Finale event in Las Vegas, as UFC officials announced that Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes will square off on December 11.

Frankie Edgar (19-4-1 MMA) will be looking to extend his current win streak at five in a row when he faces “Money” in Sin City. “The Answer” was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night 66 event, where he earned a unanimous decision victory over former WEC champ Urijah Faber. Prior to that, Edgar had posted victories over Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira and MMA legend B.J. Penn respectively.

Meanwhile, Chad Mendes (17-3 MMA) will be looking to rebound, this after suffering a TKO loss to Conor McGregor at July’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas. Prior to the setback, “Money” was coming off a first-round TKO victory over former title challenger Ricardo Lamas.

The TUF 22 Finale event will take place December 11 in Las Vegas. No venue for the event has been named at this time.

Who do you have winning this featherweight tilt?

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REMINDER: UFC Fight Night 66 takes place this Saturday‏

REMINDER: UFC Fight Night 66 takes place this Saturday‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

The UFC octagon will invade the Philippines for the first-time in history this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 66.

The historic event is headlined by a key featherweight fight featuring former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (18-4-1 MMA) taking on former WEC Champ Urijah “The California Kid” Faber (32-7 MMA).

Frankie Edgar is currently riding a three-fight win streak, which includes stoppage victories over B.J. Penn and Cub Swanson. A fourth consecutive victory would likely secure “The Answer” another shot at UFC featherweight gold.

Meanwhile, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will return to the 145-pound division for the first time in over five years when he faces Edgar this weekend. “The California Kid” has won two-straight fights, his latest being a submission victory over Francisco Rivera at December’s UFC 181 event.

In the evening’s co-main event slot, former Strikeforce title holder Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2 MMA) will battle Costas Philippou (13-4 MMA).

Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi is coming off a first-round TKO victory over Dan Henderson, which he earned at January’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden. Prior to the win, Mousasi suffered a third-round submission loss to “Jacare” Souza this past September.

Meanwhile, Costas Philippou was last seen in action in May of 2014, where he scored a first-round KO victory over Lorenz Larkin. The victory snapped a two-fight losing skid for Costas, who had previously suffered losses to Luke Rockhold and Francis Carmont respectively.

Here is Saturday’s full UFC Fight Night 66 lineup:

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT)
Frankie Edgar (18-4-1) vs. Urijah Faber (32-7)
Gegard Mousasi (36-5-2) vs. Costa Philippou (13-4, 1NC)
Mark Munoz (13-6) vs. Luke Barnatt (8-2)
Neil Magny (14-3) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (13-4-1)
Phillipe Nover (6-3-1) vs. Yui Chui Nam (18-4-1)
Mark Eddiva (6-1) vs. Levan Makashvili (9-1)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT)
Tae Hyun Bang (17-8) vs. Jon Tuck (8-2)
Zhang Lipeng (9-8-1) vs. Kajan Johnson (19-12-1)
Li Jingliang (9-3) vs. Dhiego Lima (11-3)
Ning Guangyou (5-2-1) vs. Royston Wee (4-0)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT)
Roldan Sangch-an (4-1) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (7-4)
Nolan Ticman (4-2) vs. Yao Zhikui (1-3)

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