Frankie Edgar has made no official announcement about moving down to featherweight. He has not even hinted at it since losing his rematch to Ben Henderson. Dana White suggests doing so, but says the decision is Frankie’s alone to make. And I have no inside knowledge whatsoever on this matter. So what makes me believe Edgar will make the move? Nothing more than simple logic.
Edgar is not a man content with being just another fighter. He’s a driven man, not in this game to be second best. And perhaps most importantly, he’s felt the power of championship gold around his waist. Then after losing that and coming so close to regaining it, heading to the back of the line is simply not an option. That’s like a teenager who gets laid for the first time, then goes back to stroke sites in his basement. He had the real thing, and going backward sucks, but maybe he simply has no other options.
Frankie has options. All he would have to do to make 145 is skip breakfast and clip his toe nails. And anyone who is legally allowed to kick someone in the face damn well ought to be clipping their toe nails at regular intervals. Even though he’d likely have to take a fight before getting a title shot, he’d be a lot closer than he would be if he remains at 155. There’s a long line of hungry contenders who’ve been shut out by the endless cycle of rematches that lightweight has seen in the past couple of years.
Now, championship glory at 145 is not a foregone conclusion for Edgar. There lurks a champion down there who is downright nasty, and has a scar across his face courtesy of his sisters pushing him into a fire pit as a child. When a fellows own kin pushes him into a fire pit that may tend to make that fellow a tad ruthless. But, a fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar would be huge, and if he can win, Frankie would join BJ Penn and Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to hold titles in two separate weight categories. A good chance at a title shot, along with joining such an exclusive club will just be too much for Edgar to resist. The next time we see Frankie Edgar it will be at featherweight.