Frankie Edgar is set to make a fresh start in a new weight class following his loss to Max Holloway at UFC 240.
The former lightweight champion fell short of snatching the featherweight strap from Holloway as he cruised to a unanimous decision loss in the main event of the July 27 fight card in Alberta, Canada.
The featherweight title fight went the distance, with Edgar having some big moments, but it was the Hawaiian fighter who had the last laugh after dominating all five rounds.
It was Edgar’s third loss in a featherweight title bout as he also failed to become the king of the 145-pound division after losing to Jose Aldo twice.
The 37-year-old contender was proud of his gallant stand against the defending champion but said he was heartbroken and pissed off for coming up short in another UFC title bid.
After this setback, Edgar is set to leave the featherweight division and will try his might against young wolves in the bantamweight class.
— UFC (@ufc) July 28, 2019
Change Of Division
Edgar is considered one of the best featherweights in UFC history, boasting a 17-7 win-loss record in the UFC, but he has struggled to keep up with the top 145-pounders.
In an attempt to become a world champion before a potential retirement looms, ‘The Answer’ is set to make a new start in the bantamweight class, according to a report by ESPN.
His long-time coach, Mark Henry, confirmed the news and said he is excited for Edgar to fight at 135 pounds.
“Excited for Frankie,” Henry told MMA Fighting.
“I love him first and foremost. Been wanting him to fight ’35 since first day was introduced to the UFC.”
“We have three other really good ’35ers on the team, Frankie is the smallest one.”
“It’s bad enough dealing with weight in a fight but when you’re dealing with height, range and weight for 15 years it’s asking a lot.”
“When Frankie has fought guys his own height he’s done very well—Urijah [Faber], BJ [Penn], [Sean] Sherk, Cub [Swanson], Chad [Mendes]—So excited for this new chapter. Very excited!”
Frankie Edgar announces move to bantamweighthttps://t.co/IkbFTszAqj
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) August 8, 2019
Edgar’s next UFC bout is not yet confirmed but his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, said their team expects him to make his bantamweight debut this November at the UFC 244 pay-per-view event in New York.
“At this point of Frankie’s career he will pursue fun fights at 135 but also not closing the doors at 145,” the MMA manager stated.
Edgar’s coach, meanwhile, hopes that his talent will climb up the rankings and eventually fight the reigning bantamweight champ and self-proclaimed legend killer, Henry Cejudo.
Cejudo, who defeated Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight strap, has expressed his interest in fighting the UFC veteran.
With Edgar aiming to add another championship to his resume, a fight with ‘Triple C’ for the bantamweight belt could be on the card if he’s able to pile up wins.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) August 7, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Frankie Edgar and Henry Cejudo)