Former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar will move down to the UFC featherweight division. The news was announced on the “UFC Tonight” show that airs on FUEL TV.
The move down to the UFC featherweight division has been something that’s been debated for quite some time by fans and pundits alike. Edgar was one of the smallest fighters in the lightweight division, and many thought it would be beneficial to move down to the featherweight division even though he was having great success as a lightweight.
Edgar became the UFC lightweight champion by defeating BJ Penn at UFC 112 in a controversial decision. Controversial decisions are something that have followed Edgar throughout his title run. However, he did defeat Penn decisively in their rematch at UFC 118.
Edgar then fought Gray Maynard to a majority draw in another controversial decision before defeating Maynard in the rematch via TKO. Edgar was involved in another close decision at UFC 144 where he was bested by Ben Henderson via unanimous decision, losing his lightweight title in the process. The two fighter rematched just a couple of weeks ago at UFC 150 which also resulted in another controversial decision that went to the champion Ben Henderson via split decision.
Edgar is not expected to receive an immediate title shot upon making the move down in weight. He’ll more than likely have to get at least one win before squaring off against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. That’s of course provided that Aldo get past Erik Koch at UFC 153. Edgar hopes to make his featherweight debut by the end of 2012.