Frankie Edgar is a former UFC lightweight champion who recently made his way down to featherweight and is considered a top 3 featherweight. He defeated Charles Oliveira in the co-main event of UFC 162. At the UFC 162 post fight conference, when asked if he would go down to bantamweight in the future, this is what he had to say:
“If I’ve got to hear Dana talk about 135, I don’t know – I’m retiring,” Edgar said
Of course he’s not being serious about the retirement talk. It just shows how sick and tired he’s become when the media has to always ask Frankie to consider going down in weight once again. The move to featherweight made plenty of sense. He was way too small of a lightweight and was getting banged up pretty bad against bigger guys like Gray Maynard and Benson Henderson.
Frankie is perfectly fine at featherweight. There’s no need for him to move to bantamweight anytime soon. There are plenty of intriguing fights for him at featherweight. In particular, a bout between Edgar vs Cub Swanson or the winner of Clay Guida/ Chad Mendes are excellent bouts and would help decide the next top contender in the weight class.
One thing is for sure, Frankie has plenty of options about who he should compete against next. There’s no need for him to move up or down in any weight class to find some competition. Featherweight will be his home for years to come.