Every time a fighter loses a fight to a bigger guy in his division, this is an inevitable topic of conversation: does that guy need to cut down a division? In lots of cases, yeah. Michael Bisping dropping to Middleweight was a great idea (although I’m still not sure if his size was the main problem there). Brandon Vera most definitely needs to drop down. And so on and so on.
Latest fighter who needs to drop down? Frankie Edgar. Well, I’d say he should if the drop from 155 to 145 didn’t drum him right out of the UFC. That’s the sticky situation with guys at lightweight … there’s nowhere to drop to. Frankie Edgar has already used hardcore chutzpah to establish himself as a dangerous lightweight. Would he do even better fighting guys his own size at featherweight? Fuck yeah. But is that worth ending up in the WEC? Nah, not right now at least.
We’ve talked about this with Clay Guida too … the guy could take a big shit and make 145. What a force for the featherweight division, if that didn’t mean fighting in front of 800 people at the freaking Hard Rock. I’m sure the UFC would offer guys like Guida and Edgar the same money as an investment in the WEC, but it’s still not much of a career choice. It’s getting there I suppose. Where before you just had Urijah Faber on high, now you’ve got Pulver in there too and Jeff Curran. But compared to the UFC’s lightweight division, the WEC’s featherweight division is thin like a coke-addicted socialite.