In less than three weeks, Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) makes his debut as a featherweight. The longtime lightweight doesn’t seem to be having any trouble trimming down and revealed that he is almost at the 145 pound mark.
“I’m not that heavy,” said Edgar to Las Vegas Weekly. “With the way I’m training, I’m already less than 10 pounds over, so we’re really not going to try that hard. I don’t think it will be an issue at all.”
Edgar he has a golden opportunity in his featherweight debut when he meets José Aldo (21-1) for the division’s title. It will be the seventh straight time that Edgar will walk into the Octagon for a championship fight.
After Edgar successfully defended the lightweight championship three times after winning the title from BJ Penn in 2010. He then lost it and the rematch that followed to current titleholder Benson Henderson (17-2).
A motivated Edgar now looks to be one of only a few fighters who can say that they have been a UFC champion in two divisions when he tries to defeat Aldo, whose sole loss was as a lightweight. Of Aldo’s current 14 fight win streak, eight have come out of the WEC and three from the UFC.
“Going down to 145 [pounds] and having the belt on the line definitely makes it a little more motivating,” said Edgar.
Aldo vs. Edgar headlines UFC 156. The event comes from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV on February 2.