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Frankie Edgar: Lightweight turned Featherweight
Frankie Edgar was a former UFC lightweight champion and just recently, has decided to join UFC featherweight ranks. His move was announced in last Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” which is featured on Fuel TV. The announcement was also confirmed the report through the official UFC Twitter feed after the UFC Tonight broadcast.
Before this announcement, it was unknown if Edgar will make his move to 145 pounds as the fighter’s managers and coaches were not available for comment. The news from the UFC show finally confirmed the latest move on Edgar’s career.
To recall, Edgar won the UFC lightweight title in 2010 when he defeated B.J. Penn. It was called a “controversial” match at the UFC 112. Edgar emerged the clear victor in the rematch. He was able to defend the title once more from Penn four months later at UFC 118 via unanimous decision.
But lately, Edgar was twice defeated by Benson Henderson; the first was in UFC 144 in a headline fight in February 2012 via unanimous decision. The second time was at the UFC 150 entitled “Henderson versus Edgar 2” in August via split decision. Edgar’s recent win is nearly a year ago against Gray Maynard at UFC 136 in a headline fight where he won by knocking out Maynard.
Even with his recent losses to Henderson, Edgar remains focused and determined to challenge fighters in the featherweight division. After all, he has defeated impressive fighters like Matt Veach, Sean Sherk, Hermes Franca, Tyson Griffin and Jim Miller, to name a few. In his young MMA career, he has 14 wins, only 3 losses and 1 draw under his belt.
There are many fighters like Edgar who have moved up from one division to another or has moved down as well but in the end had regrettable results. Edgar needs to efficiently shed several pounds of weight and to train to become quicker and possibly sharper to be able to compete against featherweight fighters. It is not always a pleasing move especially when you are comfortable in your own weight.
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar is a 30 year old fighter from Toms River, New Jersey. He hopes that his move from lightweight to featherweight is The Answer to his growing career. But with 14 wins in his career he will surely be able to do so after hard training and reducing weight efficiently.